Weston police arrested two Stamford men for stealing copper piping from a house and in the process causing an oil spill into the Saugatuck River.
According to police, the Weston Fire Department received a call on Friday, Dec. 28, from a resident on Valley Forge Road who complained about the smell of “gas.”
When the Fire Department arrived, firefighters saw two men loading copper pipes into a vehicle from a house across the street at 153 Valley Forge Road.
Police were called to the scene and found two men stealing items from the house, including copper piping. The men had apparently cut copper pipes in the basement that led to a fuel oil line, causing oil to leak into a drain that went under the road and into the Saugatuck River. The fuel oil caused the smell the neighbor complained about.
Police called the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for remediation and the oil was cleaned from the Saugatuck.
Police arrested José Morales and Mauro Morales of Stamford at the scene and charged them with burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief, larceny in the third degree, conspiracy, and violation of water pollution control requirements. They have a Jan. 7 court date.