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Alberta RCMP arrest man in midst of stealing $50K of copper wire

RCMP say they've arrested a Calgary man who was in the middle of stealing several hundred feet of copper wire from an industrial site.

Calgary resident arrested at industrial site south of city, police say

RCMP have charged a Calgary man after allegedly catching him in the act of stealing copper wire on Tuesday. (CBC)

RCMP say they've arrested a Calgary man who was in the middle of stealing several hundred feet of copper wire at an industrial site.

Police responded to a breaking-and-entering call at Township Road 152 near Parkland, about 75 kilometres south of Calgary, around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

When RCMP arrived, they saw a suspicious vehicle, so they entered the property, where they found a man in the middle of taking the copper wire from its brackets, according to a news release.

The cost to replace and repair the wire, had the suspect not been interrupted, would have been more than $50,000, police said.

Brian Edward Tanner, 42, has been charged with:

  • Breaking and entering with intent.
  • Mischief/damage to property over $5,000.
  • Possessing break-in tools.
  • Nine counts of failure to comply with recognizance.

Tanner was taken into custody after a judicial hearing and will appear in Fort Macleod Provincial Court on Feb. 13.

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