3:14 PM EST, November 9, 2012
Two Hagerstown men have been charged in connection with the theft of copper wire from trucks of a utility company which had come to Washington County to help the region deal with the after effects of Hurricane Sandy last month, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
Timothy Blake Miller, 21, of 17548 Gay St., and Richard Dalton Vanes, 20, of 17328 Diane Drive, are each charged with rogue and vagabond, theft between $1,000 and $10,000, burglary tools, conspiracy to commit rogue and vagabond and conspiracy to commit theft, according to a news release from Carly Hose, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.
Vanes was released from the Washington County Detention Center on $8,000 bond, Hose said. Miller currently has an active warrant through the sheriff’s office on these charges, Hose said.
Anyone with information on Miller’s location is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 240-313-2172.
Pike Electric had five trucks parked at the Ramada Plaza on Underpass Way on the night of Oct. 28, night, police said. Pike Electric crews reported the next day that $3,359. 90 worth of copper wire had been stolen from trucks parked at the motel, police said.
About 100 Pike Electric workers, including 85 linemen from Indiana and Ohio, came to Washington County to help with storm damage, according to FirstEnergy spokesman Todd Meyers.
The Pike crews had been in Florida and the Carolinas, Meyers said.
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