A home explosion in New Bedford early Monday morning is linked to a copper piping robbery.
Police say that a suspect who was removing copper piping cut into a steel pipe that fed natural gas into the gas water heater causing a gas build up in the building that eventually led to an explosion.
46-year-old Kevin Livramento who lives directly behind the home was arrested by New Bedford police at his home on Highland Street around 10 a.m. He was transported to St. Luke's Hospital to be treated for facial injuries. He was then sent to Brigham and Women's Hospital for further evaluation.
Livramento will be facing charges of breaking and entering larceny in a building, and malicious destruction of property.
The home was vacant at the time of the explosion however, it sustained heavy damage.
Neighbors saw the suspect fleeing from the scene on a beat-up bicycle carrying a backpack.