Men Stole $2.4K Worth of Copper Sheets, Police Say

Pair charged with theft after police say they found several folded sheets in a vehicle and along the side of the road.

Two Wayne residents were charged with theft after police found more than $2,400 in stolen copper sheets in the back of a vehicle and on the side of the road earlier this week, authorities said.

John Rensing, 21, and John Schneider, 44 were arrested after police found the cooper in the back of the vehicle they were in during a traffic stop on West Belt and Demarest Drive Monday shortly after 10 p.m., an incident report states.

Officer Robert Franco observed the vehicle the men were in make an aggressive U-turn on the roadway, according to the report. Franco conducted a motor vehicle stop and Schneider got out of the vehicle, the report states.

Schneider reportedly told Franco that he was “having engine trouble” and that his vehicle was overheating, the report said. He told Franco he did not have his driver’s license on him, according to the report report.

Franco saw cooper plates in the back seat of the vehicle and asked Schneider where he got them from, according to the report. Schneider told Franco that he works construction and took the copper from a dumpster on a site, the report states.

Franco reported that the cooper sheets appeared new and were all cut to a preset specification.

Schneider then told Franco that he found the copper in the woods while riding his all terrain-vehicle and was returning to retrieve it, the report said.

Franco found a duffle bag full of folded cooper sheets that appeared to have been cut and bent the same way as the other sheets, a black bandana, and a pair of work gloves in the vehicle, the report states.

Police also found more sheets bent near where Franco originally saw the vehicle, according to the report.

Schneider stated that he found the cooper in the woods while playing with his kids in a tree fort he built, according to the report.

The copper belongs to Wilbert Burial Vaults, a court warrant states.

Police found a ski mask and a pair of black gloves in Schneider’s pants and a folding knife in Rensing’s back pocket, according to the report.

In addition to the theft charge, Schneider was issued summonses for making an improper U-turn, failure to display a driver’s license, and driving with a suspended license.

Bail was set at $20,000 each for Rensing and Schneider with no 10 percent option.

The men are due in Wayne Municipal Court Nov. 8.

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Michelle October 26, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Fluff..this is NOT a victimless crime...the contractor who's material was stolen now has to pay for it again out of his pocket which increases his costs which increases his price he charges onto the consumer...everyone is having "difficult times" but not everyone is stealing....I hope you don't have children who you pass your absurd logic onto otherwise our state of society will only worse....you should be ashamed...
John October 26, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Shanice: I think you need additional training in the fifth grade to use nicer adjectives and nouns. Just a suggestion.
Honey boo boo October 27, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I wanna go to this magical forest where copper, silver and gold are laying all over. Maybe some discarded Olympic medals?
concerned wayne resident November 12, 2012 at 07:03 AM
it amazes me all the nasty comments people have to say without knowing the facts just what is written and told only from the policemans point of view the "suspects" were not interviewed but the are instantly guilty when they are proven innocent and they will be you will or you should feel like fools because they are bald they are drug addicts? or because they are thin they are drug addicts? thats the dumbest thing i ever heard half of the sherriffs department are bald does that make them drug addicts too? or maybe they are just balding and refuse to do the comb over but there is no sense arguing because you cant change the minds of morons so i am not going to bother but just think twice before you post your nasty ignorant comments while hiding behind your screen name i am done with the hate grow up and learn all the facts before you pass judgement thankyou!!!!BELIEVE THAT!!!!!
Wayne is falling apart January 15, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Wayne Man Caught Buying 20 Packets of Heroin, Police Say John Rensing, 22, allegedly tried purchasing the drugs in Paterson Monday afternoon. Posted by Daniel Hubbard (Editor) , January 13, 2014 at 09:16 PM ^^^^^^^ I would say that makes him a drug addict lol.


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