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Police and fire


Man charged with steel mesh theft

A Fort Wayne man was arrested on suspicion of theft after he allegedly took some metal from construction sites on the city’s southeast side.

When police found Eddie Billingsley’s car March 20, it was parked on the grass behind a building in the Eden Green Apartment complex. The trunk was up and there were five rolls of steel mesh wire that is commonly used in concrete construction lying in the grass behind the car, according to court records.

Billingsley, 50, who is homeless, told police that contractors gave him permission to take wire from a home under construction in the 2200 block of Weisser Park Avenue, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday.

When police talked to the contractors, they said they did not give Billingsley permission to take the material.

He was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and public intoxication.

Billingsley is being held in the Allen County Lockup in lieu of $3,250 bail.