Five people are facing charges in connection to a string of metal thefts in and around Calgary.

Calgary police, RCMP and the Tsuu T'ina Nation Police Force have been investigating the theft of high-end industrial cable from sites between Calgary and Red Deer since August of last year.

It's believed the culprits stole almost 20,000 kilograms of metal and sold it to local salvage yards, netting about $94,000.

The thieves took the material from storage sites used by utility companies and the oil and gas industry, police said.

The metal was burned away from the rest of the cable at remote rural locations.

Between July and September, police arrested two residents of Strathmore and two from the Tsuu T’ina First Nation and charged them with possession of and trafficking in stolen property.

A Calgary man already in custody on another matter was also charged in connection with the thefts.