Wannabe thief caught on roof of Dollar Tree

A wannabe copper thief was busted early Monday on top of the Macon Road Dollar Tree, Columbus police said.

James Coson Gray, 39, is charged with attempted theft by taking and possession of tools for the commission of a crime, reports state.

Police say Gray climbed on top of the 4231 Macon Road business about 3 a.m. Monday, tripping an alarm attached to Dollar Tree’s air-conditioner. Officers arrived and found Gray on the roof with wire cutters, flashlights, sockets and a drill.

Officers then interviewed Gray, who told them he intended to steal the A/C unit’s coil.