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North Tonawanda police Monday night were investigating reports that copper wire was stripped from power poles at the city-owned former Roblin Steel plant site on Oliver Street.

Common Council President Joseph F. Liberto, who ordered police to investigate, said there were conflicting reports Monday night of the cutting down of poles and theft of the valuable copper wire from them sometime over the weekend.

A preliminary report by Police Capt. Robert Lorenz, however, indicated that Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. may have removed the wire from the poles.

Second Ward Alderman Leonard J. Wudyka said he received information that three padlocks were broken on gates at the vacant property and as many as five power poles were cut down and stripped of copper wire.

The Roblin property was acquired by the city in a tax foreclosure proceeding after Roblin abandoned the site.

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