Police charge two men in connection with substation break-in, theft of copper wire

Lethbridge Police have charged two men following a break, enter and theft at a City of Lethbridge electrical substation that resulted in $300,000 worth of damage.

On the evening of April 28, 2019 subjects gained entry to the substation along the 3500 block of 25 Street West by cutting the lock on a gate, then damaged the lock on the entry door. Once inside the subjects damaged a significant quantity of equipment with copper inside in order to remove it. Various equipment, including a laser level, network connector and battery charge pack along with spools of copper wire were also stolen. In addition, a current transformer worth $250,000 and a grounding cart unit worth $25,000 were damaged. The damages total $300,000 and the copper/equipment that was stolen is worth $6,500.

On April 29, 2019 police responded to a report of suspicious activity at a home along the 2700 block of 7 Avenue North after subjects were observed loading copper wire from a vehicle into a garage. Following further investigation a search warrant was obtained and resulted in the recovery of stolen property, including some from the substation.

David Bradley Priest, 57, of Lethbridge, is charged with shopbreaking and commit theft and breach of a recognizance. David was remanded to appear in court May 1.

Travis Roy Priest, 29, of Lethbridge, is charged with shopbreaking and commit theft. Travis was released on a recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court May 7.