Calgary, AB,
12
February
2019
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17:55
America/Denver

Two Calgary men allegedly cause $300,000 in damage to construction sites, arrested for copper wire theft

The Calgary Police Service Break and Enter Team and the RCMP Crime Reduction Team have arrested two Calgary men in connection with copper wire theft at several oil field well sites near Calgary.

On Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, the Calgary Police Service worked with the High River RCMP to track, locate and arrest two male suspects who were allegedly stealing copper wire and various tools from rural oil field sites. It is alleged the two suspects are also responsible for approximately $300,000 worth of damages to multiple oil field sites after cutting the wire out of the buildings.

Various pieces of unstripped copper wire and heavy equipment tools, including bolt cutters and other power tools, were found in a vehicle belonging to one of the suspects when the men were arrested in Calgary.

Brian TANNER, 43, and Jonathan PAUL, 38, of Calgary, were both arrested and charged with multiple offences.

TANNER is charged with:

  • One count of possession of break and enter tools
  • Three counts of break and enter
  • Four counts of breach of recognizance
  • One count of possession of a controlled substance

PAUL is charged with:

  • One count of possession of break and enter tools
  • Three counts of break and enter

The Calgary Police Service would like to thank the RCMP Crime Reduction Team who located, arrested and charged the suspects, as well as the Brooks and High River RCMP for their assistance and resources. This arrest will have a positive impact on the critical infrastructure in and around Calgary and ongoing trend of copper wire theft.