Sometimes, those charged with theft and property crimes must face overwhelming hurdles, especially when the arrests come after months of police investigation. While the future does look bleak for defendants accused of these crimes, it isn't as hopeless as one might think. With a carefully built legal defense, it's possible to emerge from the allegations in a better position than when the process first began. This is something two of our Maine neighbors can hold on to as they face charges associated with stealing copper.
According to the Stanford, Maine, police the two men face allegations of committing more than 30 burglaries involving vacant homes and Central Maine Power Co. substations. In an operation that included the Stanford police, the York county sheriff's office and Maine state police, the men were caught in a vacant home on the morning of Aug. 6. Reportedly, officers tracked the defendant's car to the home, placed the house under surveillance and then arrested both men.
Stanford police say the men broke into the homes and the electric substations to steal copper and then sell it to scrap dealers and scrap yards for up to $2.27 a pound. News reports say the police investigation escalated in July after alleged thieves illegally entered a CMP substation currently under construction in Sanford's Springvale area. According to police, the men allegedly stole over 100 pounds of copper from the station. Following this event, the police began to monitor scrap yard transactions in Sanford, which led to the identification of the alleged suspects.
Even though officials appear to have a lot of evidence linking the two to the thefts, a legal team can delve deep into the investigation to uncover even more evidence. With a goal of minimizing or even eliminating the magnitude of the charges for theft and property crime, attorneys will leave no stone unturned when it comes to the investigation, the arrest and the validity of the charges.
Source: Portland Press Herald, "Sanford men charged with stealing hundreds of pounds of copper" Dennis Hoey, Aug. 07, 2014