The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 15, 2012

Copper caper suspect off to court in Union County

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

LEWISBURG — A Milton man in jail on more than 50 charges stemming from a summer spree of copper pipe theft in the Valley waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Union County.

Meanwhile, county officials are looking to consolidate the multiple charges against 34-year-old Nicholas Norman as a matter of efficiency, said Peter Johnson, Union County district attorney.

Norman already was in prison in Northumberland County in lieu of bail for counts in his alleged role in a Milton break-in and copper theft in July when he was charged in Union County. There, he faces 52 charges from nine separate cases of copper pipe theft in Lewisburg.

Norman alleged committed 13 burglaries in the borough in July in a four-block radius of South Sixth and South Seventh streets. Charges were added to Norman’s tally in October after state police alleged he broke into an Allenwood home sometime in June and took about 300 feet of copper pipe.

Appearing Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Leo Armbruster, Norman also waived his right to counsel and asked the judge if he could apply for consideration for drug court. Norman told investigators he stole the copper and sold it to support a severe heroin habit.

His formal arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 4 in Union County.