Man Charged With Cutting Copper Wires From Power Poles
March 24, 2012
A citizen reported watching as Michael Wade McConnell cut ground wires from a power pole. The citizen confronted him, gave chase and called the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office about 4 a.m.
Deputies discovered that copper ground wires from 25 separate power poles had been cut and removed from the Ferry Pass area. They also found McConnell was in possession of cutting tools and copper wiring.
McConnell was arrested and charged with 13 first degree felony counts of theft of copper with interruption of services and 13 counts of criminal mischief. McConnell’s total bond was set at $663,000.
Charges are pending in the remaining dozen incidents.