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Man and boy facing charges after Nova Scotia Power’s copper theft


December 10, 2015
By Renée Francoeur

December 10, 2015 (updated December 30, 2015) – Halifax District RCMP says a man and teenage boy are facing charges after nine thefts of copper wire from a Nova Scotia Power (NSP) storage facility between December 8 and December 27 in Lakeside, N.S.

Police were alerted to a possible break and enter in progress around 10:30 p.m. on December 27. With assistance from the HRP K-9 Unit, two people were tracked and arrested a short time later. Officers from the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, who have been leading the investigation into the incidents, said they executed a search warrant on a nearby vehicle, gaining further evidence of the crimes.

Two males from Colchester County, a 42-year-old and a 17-year-old youth, have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court on January 7, 2016. Both are facing nine charges of Break and Enter while the adult is facing an additional charge of Possession of a Break-in Instrument.

On December 8, RCMP received the first complaint of break, enter and theft. A preliminary investigation determined that the incident had occurred sometime within the previous week.

The following day, RCMP responded to a second complaint, and a third complaint was made on December 10.

In each incident, it appeared that the individuals used ATVs after cutting the fence to access the compound in Lakeside Industrial Park, according to police.

RCMP said the investigation is ongoing.