Turbine copper thief takes a plea deal

WARSAW, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man accused of stealing $43,000 worth of copper from a Wyoming County wind turbine site has accepted a plea deal.

Todd C. Arnold, 44, of Alexander pleaded guilty in Wyoming County Court to one count of second-degree criminal mischief. He could be ordered to serve two- to four-years behind bars when he is sentenced in August.

Wyoming County Judge Michael M. Mohun ordered Arnold to pay $69,061 restitution for the loss of the copper and damage to the wind turbine equipment.

Arnold was arrested last October in connection with thefts of copper from O’Connell Electric in Orangeville. The incidents occurred during the weekends of June and August, 2013.

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