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Man allegedly stole pipes from boiler as family slept

A Dorchester man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court to charges that he broke into a family’s basement during the night to cut apart and steal the copper piping from their hot water boiler, police said.

Stephen Furr, 48, was arraigned on charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property, and possession of a burglarious tool. He is being held on $1,500 cash bail and is slated to return to court for a pretrial hearing on March 14, a court clerk said.

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Boston police responded to a home on Leroy Street for a report of a breaking and entering in progress at 2:18 a.m., Wednesday. The homeowners told police they heard a loud bang coming from the basement and believed someone was hiding there.

Officers reported seeing a broken window in the basement and after they formed a perimeter around the house, the officers announced themselves and entered the basement.

Furr was arrested after police discovered him hiding underneath the basement staircase, along with a pipe cutter and numerous chunks of copper piping allegedly cut from the boiler.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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