Copper thieves caught red-handed in Freshwater

Melissa Jenkins
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Two males from Freshwater, Placentia Bay have been arrested for stealing copper wire from Newfoundland Power utility poles in their hometown.

The men, ages 34 and 36, were caught in the act yesterday morning (May 11) after Placentia and Whitbourne RCMP were notified of a utility pole that had been chopped down just after 10:30.

After an officer searched the area, more hewed poles were found. The men were still on the scene.

While one male was spotted at the top of a pole chopping the wires, the second was discovered on the ground with wire in his hands.

The power had been disconnected at the time because Newfoundland Power was replacing poles in the area.

Details on how many poles were affected and how much wire was in the males’ possession was not immediately available.

The pair is in court this morning on charges of mischief over $5,000 and theft under $5,000, after being caught yesterday (May 11) shortly after 10:30 a.m.

The 34-year-old is facing an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance, after being found with a “small amount” of marijuana.

RCMP officers in Placentia were also in court this morning with the accused.

No more details are available at this time.

Organizations: Newfoundland Power, RCMP

Geographic location: Placentia

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  • Not So Quiet Observer
    May 12, 2014 - 10:13

    Another couple of escapees from the shallow end of the gene pool.