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Police: 2 men try to steal copper from Joliet scrap metal business

Nicholas P. Close (left) and Tony Jackson.
Nicholas P. Close (left) and Tony Jackson.

Two men were arrested by police after they tried to steal copper from a scrap metal business in Joliet, police said.

On Thursday morning, Nicholas P. Close, 50, who is homeless, and Tony Jackson, 38, of the 100 block of South Central Avenue in Chicago were arrested and booked into the Will County jail in connection with the incident, police said.

Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said the two men were caught on surveillance video at Joliet U-Pull-It & Scrap at 1014 E. Washington St. trying to steal copper.

More than 1,000 used cars, trucks and vans are located at the business, according to business’ website.

After being notified of the incident, officers went to Joliet U-Pull-It & Scrap and set up a perimeter, then found the two men in the yard, Botzum said.

The two men were arrested and taken to jail.

Both were charged with burglary and theft.

On Jan. 22, 2018, Jackson pleaded guilty to theft while charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, theft and criminal damage to property were dropped, according to court records.

Jackson was sentenced to 2 years in prison and credited with serving 103 days in jail. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $524, but he has only paid $25 thus far, according to court records.

On May 23, 2016, Jackson pleaded guilty to theft and another charge of theft that was amended, court records show. Another charge of burglary was dropped in the case. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

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