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Theft - Two Arrested in Welland Copper Theft Attempt

Posted on Wednesday October 09, 2019
In the early morning hours of October  9th, 2019 members of the Niagara Regional Police Service were alerted to a suspicious person call in a Hydro One field located in the City Welland.  The investigation quickly revealed that two suspects had been stealing copper wire in the east end of the City. With the assistance of the public, Niagara Regional Police Canine Unit and Uniform Patrol, two Port Colborne men were quickly arrested.

Two 36 year old men from Port Colborne; Steven Laurin and Jonathan Erdei, are charged with Theft Over $5000 and Possession of Break-in Instruments .
Further investigation revealed that the actions of Steven Laurin caused a power-outage  in parts of Welland in the early hours of October 8th, 2019 when a theft attempt caused damage to hydro lines.  He is additionally charged with Mischief over $5000.
This investigation continues.

Incident Number: 19-103011
Submitted By: Jake Virag
Approved By: Murray Haday

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