The New Brunswick RCMP arrested four people Monday after a series of copper wire thefts in the Fredericton and Oromocto areas.
Police say copper thefts in those areas, which date back to September, have amounted to over $1.4 million in losses to businesses, homes and government departments.
Mounties, along with the West District Community Crime Reduction Unit, searched homes in Geary and Haneytown, during which they seized a large quantity of copper wire and related materials.
“On November 29, police attended a location where three individuals were burning copper wire and loading it into the back of a vehicle,” said the New Brunswick RCMP.
“A 37-year-old man, a 38-year-old man and a 32 -year-old woman, all from the Oromocto area, were arrested at the scene.”
Officers also arrested a 33-year-old man.
Police say officers released all four individuals on conditions, adding that all three will appear in Fredericton Provincial Court at a later date.
“These copper wire thefts have had significant impacts on our community, and our members have worked diligently to gather the evidence needed to make these arrests,” says Cpl. Dan Sharpe.
“We would also like to encourage anyone who is purchasing salvaged parts or metals to ensure the product has been legally acquired.”
Investigators say if you witness suspicious activity near an electrical substation or power poles, you should always contact local police.
Any information that could help the investigation can be forwarded to the Oromocto RCMP or Crime Stoppers.