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.
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.
Detectives say the investigation is on-going.