Wire thieves arrested when caught in the act

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Two men caught trying to steal copper wire from BC Hydro early this morning are in custody after being caught by security officers.

The two Kamloops men, aged 38 and 40 years old, were seen using a ladder to get over the fence at the McGill Road property at about 4:50 a.m.

Security told RCMP that the suspects jumped the fence using a ladder before gathering copper wire from the yard and throwing it over the other side of the fence.

RCMP arrived on the scene and caught the two men, who are both known to police, walking away from the property towards Hillside Drive.

Staff. Sgt. Grant Learned said in a press release that RCMP are using a forensics specialist at the crime scene who is expected to match the suspects to footprints in the snow along the fence line, around the property and near the pile of wire.

RCMP also found wire cutters and tools on the scene that matched similar tools found on the suspects upon being searched following their arrests.

Charges of break and enter, theft and possession of break in instruments are expected against the two men.

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