Harrisonburg Fire Department Press Release
The Harrisonburg Fire Department and Harrisonburg Police Department conducted a joint investigation of thefts of metal fire sprinkler connection caps that occurred at 14 separate locations throughout Harrisonburg in early September. The locations range from downtown Harrisonburg to the commercial area of East Market Street near University Boulevard.
The caps that were stolen are located outside of businesses and made of brass and other metals.
Fire Marshals and Police were alerted of the thefts by a local metal scrap yard that had received the caps. The scrap yard paid an individual a scrap metal price for the caps.
Martin Steve Smith, 56 of Harrisonburg, is charged with 14 counts of tampering with a fire protection device as well as multiple charges of obtaining money by false pretenses, larceny, and trespassing.
Smith is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County General District Court on October 30, 2013.