Suspect charged in construction theft |

Suspect charged in construction theft

Staff Report

On the morning of Friday, April 4, workers at a construction site at 319 Main Street in Carbondale called police to report a theft. Someone had reportedly come in the previous night, shut off the breakers, and taken an unspecified amount of copper wire.

Police were able to identify the make of a suspect's truck based on video evidence. They subsequently received a tip that a man had attempted to sell similar wire at a nearby recycling center.

Michael Hocking, 41, of Carbondale, was arrested and charged with theft and criminal mischief.

The value of the wire is estimated at less than $1,000, so barring further evidence, the theft charge will be treated as a misdemeanor. It is unclear whether the incident was linked to any other recent construction site thefts.

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