The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Evansville man for allegedly stealing copper wiring from utility poles.
Shortly before 8 on Tuesday morning, a detective with the Evansville Police Department says he observed a man stealing wire from a utility pole near Mohr Road and Kuebler Road.
The detective says he confronted the man, who then fled in his vehicle.
Sheriff’s deputies caught up to the suspect and conducted a traffic stop near N. Saint Joseph Avenue and Orchard Road.
The deputy says he found cutting tools and a bucket of copper wire within the vehicle.
Deputies say the suspect, 44-year-old Michael W. Scott Jr., from Evansville, had a suspended drivers license and false license plates on the vehicle.
Authorities say they found about ten pounds of copper wire in Scott’s car.
Sheriff’s say they located ten utility poles in the area of the 7100 block of Wright Drive with freshly cut copper grounding wires.
Each pole, they say, had approximately six feet of wiring missing.
Vectren later confirmed the wiring found in Scott’s vehicle was the same wiring missing from the damaged poles, and estimated it would cost $2500 to repair the damage to the poles (compared to the value of the stolen copper which was only $36.33).
Scott is lodged at the Vanderburgh County Jail with a $2,200 bond.
(This story was originally published November 8, 2017)