Two Seniors Charged in Wire Theft
Prince George, B.C.- Two men, both senior citizens, are facing charges related to wire theft in Prince George.
Early Monday, June 29th, police were called to business on PG Pulpmill Road where someone had broken into the business and made off with about $125 thousand dollars worth of copper wire.
The investigation led officers to two suspects, who have since been charged.
67 year old Lorne Cecil Paquette is charged with Break and Enter and Possession of Property Obtained by crime over $5,000.
65 year old Robert James Herron is charges with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000.
While both men have already appeared in court, Paquette remains in custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for tomorrow. Herron has been released on conditions until his next court appearance which is set for July 22nd.
RCMP say they have responded to 15 reports of wire theft in the Prince George area over the past month. The total value has not been confirmed, but is believed to be over $200 thousand dollars. According to police, in some cases, phone wires have been removed from utility poles leaving residents without the ability to use their phones, including the ability to call 9-1-1 should there be an emergency.