NIAGARA FALLS – A city man was arrested Saturday morning after a passing motorist noticed him cutting the ground wires off utility poles on the 11th Street bridge on Highland Avenue, police said.
Officers responding to the scene found Sheldon W. Crogan, 41, walking down Highland Avenue carrying a bag containing pieces of copper wire. He also had a pair of bolt cutters with him.
National Grid crews responded to the scene and confirmed that three utility poles in the area had the wires cut and removed, causing an estimated $1,000 worth of damage. The stolen wire was valued at $100.
Crogan, of 10th Street, was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools, petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was also charged with second-degree criminal impersonation after police said he gave them a false name in order to avoid being charged on an outstanding warrant.