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North Stonington — State police arrested a pair of Rhode Island residents on Monday after police said they caused as much as $10,000 in damage while trying to strip copper from a state police telecommunications tower site.
On Monday morning, North Stonington resident troopers and troopers from Troop E in Montville responded to an active alarm at a telecommunications tower site in North Stonington.
At the site, police encountered two men who claimed they worked for a communication company. While speaking with one of the men, police said the other man fled on foot but was found a short distance from the tower.
A police investigation found the men had caused extensive damage, between $6,000 and $10,000 worth, while trying to steal copper, according to a statement from state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance. The tower site is not only a state police communication hub, he said, but also a hub for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
John Fahey, 25, of Pascoag, R.I., and Jeffery Joergensen, 24, of Chepachet, R.I., were each charged with breach of peace, first-degree criminal trespassing, first-degree criminal mischief, criminal attempt to commit third-degree larceny, second-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal misrepresentation.
Fahey was held in lieu of a $50,000 bond and Joergensen in lieu of a $25,000 bond. Both men were scheduled to appear Wednesday in New London Superior Court. Court information was not immediately available.
Police ask that anyone with additional information regarding the incident or knowledge of similar incidents contact Troop E in Montville at (860) 848-6500.