Two Men Arrested after Theft of Copper Valued 50K

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Massachusetts State Police Release – 06242015 – Two Men Arrested after Theft of Copper Valued 50K

On June 15, 2015 the State Police Springfield Barracks was contacted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT) about the theft of copper wire from the highway system. Mass DOT reported that the thefts occurred along several sections of Interstates 91 and 391. The thieves had forced entry through manhole covers along these highways, gaining access to the wires that supply power to the light poles of this area.

Approximately 13,000 feet of wire, weighing nearly 5,000 pounds was stolen. The value of this amount of copper wire is approximately $50,000.

Trooper Benjamin Joress, of the State Police Springfield Barracks was assigned to investigate the thefts. Trooper Jeffrey Burke of the Troop B Community Action Team (B-CAT) was also assigned to assist in the investigation.

Through a lengthy investigation, along with the assistance of Springfield Police Department Sergeant Kenneth Murray, who is assigned to the Major Crimes Unit, two men, LUIS M. COLON, 42, of Springfield and ALEJANDRO B. RODRIGUEZ, 19, of Chicopee were identified as possessing the stolen copper wire.

Warrants were issued for both men from the Springfield District Court for the following offenses:

LUIS M. COLON
1.            Receiving stolen property, over $250
2.            Receiving stolen property, over $250
3.            Attempt to commit a crime
4.            Larceny over $250 by false pretense
5.            Conspiracy

ALEJANDRO S. RODRIGUEZ
1.            Receiving stolen property, over $250
2.            Larceny over $250 by false pretense
3.            Conspiracy

On Monday, June 22, 2015 the two men were arrested and brought to the Springfield Barracks for booking, prior to their arraignment in Springfield District Court.

No further information is available. Please do not contact the barracks directly.

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