CROWN POINT - A New Hampshire man has been charged with theft of copper power wire.
Richard C. Ellis, 37, of Wakefield, N.H., was arrested at a Stoney Lonesome Road home in Crown Point Feb. 11, by New York State Police.
He was charged with second-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing about 17,600 feet of No. 7 strand copper power line valued at more than $51,000.
Ellis took inactive power lines from sites in the towns of Crown Point, Ticonderoga, Schroon, North Hudson and Newcomb in August and September, according to police.
He was originally arrested on Sept. 4, when he was allegedly caught in the act of removing power lines in Newcomb, and was later linked to the other thefts, police said.
Ellis was arraigned before Schroon Town Justice Jean Strothenke and released on his own recognizance because he has cooperated with authorities.
No date has been set for a reappearance in court.
Police say the copper wire was sold to a scrap yard in Vermont.