Phone line workers are being credited with the apprehension of a 36-year-old Maberly, Ontario man who dressed as a phone line worker to allegedly steal 1000 meters of wire.
Kingston Police state officers responded to Butternut Creek Road at approximately 11:00 am on May 2nd in response to a suspicious vehicle report.
The call came from phone line workers who had been at the location the day before to attend to a malfunction in the phone service. They returned on May 2 for the same issue and observed a suspicious parked truck with reflective cones around it and an orange light on the roof.
While awaiting police, the workers encountered the driver when he returned to the vehicle dressed as if he was a phone line worker – wearing a hard hat, coveralls and rubber work boots.
A subsequent police investigation revealed the accused was at the same location during the previous day and stole a substantial quantity of wire. During the investigation it was confirmed that over a kilometer of wire – worth approximately $40,000 – had been cut and removed from the scene.
The accused was transported to Kingston Police headquarters and held to attend a bail hearing the following day, charged with theft over $5000 and mischief over $5000.