Posted at: 03/09/2013 12:13 PM
Updated at: 03/09/2013 3:28 PM
The LeRoy Police Department says a man is under arrest after he stole high voltage electrical wiring off buildings while the wires were still active.
Officers say they have charged 28-year-old Michael A. Nicometo, of LeRoy, with burglary, grand larceny and criminal mischief related to these wire thefts.
Officials tell News10NBC the investigation started after a wire was stolen from a warehouse on Lake Street in LeRoy in June 2012. That wire ran from the building to a transformer and the wire was still live when the theft occurred.
Between last October and February, police say more wires were stolen in both LeRoy and Rochester.
After an investigation by LeRoy Police, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office and the Rochester Police Department, officers say Nicometo emerged as a suspect. Following a search of his residence, police say they found more than $50,000 worth of wiring and components and evidence from a January burglary.
Nicometo was arraigned in Leroy Town Court and taken to Genesee County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and more charges may be filed. Investigators say Nicometo has previously worked as an electrician.