LE ROY – A LeRoy man has been charged with theft of high-voltage wiring, police said Saturday.
Michael A. Nicometo, 28, was charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief, stemming from a January burglary of more than $50,000 worth of electrical wiring and components from a Lake Street warehouse, LeRoy police said.
He was arraigned in LeRoy Town Court and sent to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
The investigation is continuing to determine if further charges will be placed against Nicometo for a series of these thefts dating back to last June.
What made this theft unusual was that wires were cut from between the transformer and the building while still connected to the main power grid, police said.
similar thefts occurred between October and February in LeRoy, as well as one in Rochester.
Investigators said they zeroed in on Nicometo, who is an electrician by trade and familiar with the workings of high-voltage installations. A search of his residence led to his arrest for the January case.