Two men are facing theft charges after they were caught stealing copper pipes from a partially-demolished building on Colborne Street West Thursday night.
A citizen called investigators shortly before 9 p.m. after hearing suspicious noise coming from the building, police say.
Officers saw two men walking away from the fenced-in building upon their arrival.
The men dropped the stolen property on the ground after seeing police in the area.
Police followed the thieves' footprints in the snow, which traced back to the building. The men were then taken into custody.
An investigation revealed the men used bolt cutters to cut copper gas piping from the building.
Officers contacted Union Gas, which confirmed the gas supply to the building had been turned off and there was no safety threat as a result of the damaged pipes.
A 34-year-old Darling Street man is charged with theft under $5,000, break and enter and failing to comply with a recognizance.
The man was held in custody for a bail hearing.
A 32-year-old Darling Street man is charged with break and enter and theft under $5,000.
The man was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.
Anyone with information about break and enters in the City of Brantford is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service street crime unit at 519-756-0113.