LeROY – An 18-year-old LeRoy man already in jail on unrelated charges was arrested Thursday by Genesee County sheriff’s deputies as one of the three suspects linked to a series of thefts in recent months of copper wire from the Dolomite Products Co. Inc. plant at 8250 Gulf Road.

Joseph P. Pratt of Church Street was charged with third-degree burglary, criminal mischief and grand larceny for the thefts of large amounts of copper wire from the plant that began in early January.

Michael A. Nicometo, 28, of North Street, LeRoy, and Jonathan D. Smeak, 22, of State Street Road, Batavia, were charged with the same counts earlier this week.

With the investigation continuing, all three face proceedings in Leroy Town Court Monday.

According to Dolomite Products officials, the thefts have caused costly damage to the plant’s electrical system. Nicometo is under investigation for unrelated local burglaries, officials said.