Police say one Reading teenager's way of making money left him in handcuffs and facing criminal charges.

Jacques Hutchinson, 18, was breaking into vacant homes around the area, stealing copper, and then selling the stolen material at area scrap yards, police said.

When Hutchinson broke into several homes in the 300 block of Weiser Street in Reading, he damaged the drywall and the drop ceilings in order to get at the valuable copper, investigators said.

He also targeted a home in the 800 block of Ritter in Reading, leaving some neighbors frightened.

"If anybody's doing that, especially in our neighborhood, it's really dangerous, because you don't know if you come in and you catch them. Who knows what they might do to you," Hutchinson said.

On Tuesday, Hutchinson was finally arrested, in the 1400 block of Hampden Boulevard after he was spotted breaking into a home.

Neighbors helped police in any way they could.

"We had everybody out," said Leslie McCormack, neighbor. "All the neighborhood was out keeping watch."

Hutchinson confessed to the crimes and even took officers around to all the homes he allegedly targeted, police said.

The teen faces a long list of charges, including burglary, theft and criminal mischief, according to court documents.