Man arrested for stealing copper wiring from fire damaged house

Man arrested for stealing copper wiring from fire damaged house
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POSTED: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 3:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 3:34pm

A Eunice man has been arrested for looting copper from a home that was ravaged by a fire earlier in the day.

On the morning of December 24, a 911 caller reported a house fire in the 100 block of Aymond Street at apporoximately 5:35 a.m. The fire department responded and was on scene until 8:00 a.m.

The house had heavy damage from the fire and the property was cordoned off with yellow fire line barricade tape to keep trespassers away.

At 4:20 p.m., a neighbor called and stated that someone crossed the yellow tape and went into the house. An officer then arrived on scene and caught Curley Pitre Sr., 57, on the premises.

The officer saw Pitre with wire cutters in hand and several bundles of copper wire. Pitre did not have permission to be on the property.

During questioning, Pitre admitted that he was stripping wire from the house to sell the copper for extra cash.

Pitre was placed under arrest and transported to the Eunice Police Department where he was booked for looting.

Pitre has a laundry list of prior arrests, including:

8/05/1973
Felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile

6/24/1975
Reckless operation
No drivers license

5/29/1977
Unauthorized use of a movable
Unsafe vehicle
Driving under suspension
DWI

11/05/1979
Unauthorized use of a movable
Criminal damage to property
Theft

2/22/1980
DWI

4/24/1984
Theft by fraud

1/04/1989
Simple battery

3/26/1992
DWI 2nd

4/19/1992
Disturbing the peace
Simple assault

8/02/1992
Careless operation
DWI 3rd
Driving under suspension
No insurance

12/29/1992
DWI 4th
Driving under suspension

1/29/1993
Parole violation

4/22/1999
Forgery

12/23/2001
Careless operation
Driving under suspension
DWI 5th

1/06/2004
Disturbing the peace

3/02/2005
Disturbing the peace

8/21/2006
Disturbing the peace

9/18/2006
Disturbing the peace

2/19/2007
Taking contraband to/from a penal institution

4/07/2008
Disturbing the peace

6/09/2009
Failure to appear for DWI arraignment

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