February 19, 2014

Police: Power cut in Peru when wire, conductors pilfered


---- — PERU — Power outages on Brand Hollow Road occurred when a Schuyler Falls man cut ground wires and stole copper conductors from six utility poles, police say.

At about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, a New York State Electric and Gas worker on that road flagged down a State Police cruiser that just happened to be passing by to report the damage and theft, according to State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman.

Troopers followed footprints leading from the vandalism, she said, and before too long came upon Jeremy C. Maulding, 34, carrying a bag of tools and also the stolen wire and six connectors.

He was taken into custody after a short pursuit, Fleishman said.

Mauling is charged with first-degree criminal tampering, third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies, and resisting arrest and possession of burglar tools, both misdemeanors. 

Arraigned in Peru Town Court, he was taken to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond. 

Maulding is scheduled to reappear in court at 2 p.m. today.

The value of the wire and connectors is about $1,500, Fleishman said.

NYSG customers on Brand Hollow Road lost power for about an hour and a half due to the incident, according to Clay Ellis, the power company’s manager for Corporate Communications.

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