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Copper wire theft causes power outage in Welland: police

SaskPower has teamed up with the Saskatoon Police Service to tackle the problem of copper theft from electrical sites.
Investigators say the suspects' actions caused a power outage in parts of the city due to damage to nearby hydro lines. File / Global News

Police in Welland, Ont. are investigating the alleged theft of copper wire in the city’s east end that’s believed to have caused a power outage.

Niagara Regional Police (NRPS) say they got a call early Wednesday morning about a suspicious person in a Hydro One field in Welland.

Officers on scene were able to track down two Port Colbourne men with the aid of the canine unit and witnesses.

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Investigators say the suspects’ actions caused a power outage in parts of the city due to damage to nearby hydro lines.

The two accused, both 36 years old, have been charged with theft over $5,000 and possession of break-in instruments, with one of the two receiving an additional charge of mischief, say police.

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Detectives say the investigation is on-going.

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