Deputies make arrests after miles of power lines disappear

POSTED: 10:52 AM Sep 13 2012   UPDATED: 6:35 PM Sep 13 2012
0913 Power Lines Arrest
CRAVEN COUNTY -

Craven County deputies have arrested two men who authorities believe were responsible for stealing approximately three miles of power lines.

The pair allegedly used spiked shoes to climb power poles, then cut the lines, and hauled away the wires.

Justin Corbett, 23, and Toshiake Hirae, 33, are charged with felony larceny, conspiracy to commit felony larceny, and unlawful transport of copper.

The pair stole the wires in order to sell the copper components of the wires, deputies said.

They avoided being shocked by the wires because they only cut "neutral" wires that were not carrying a current, authorities said.

The thefts happened over the last few weeks at several locations - mostly in the Vanceboro area, deputies said.

Investigators say the pair sold some of the copper wire to a recycling outfit, making over $2,500.

Corbett works for an electrical contractor, which could be how the men knew how to execute the plan, deputies said.

The pair remained in jail as of 6 p.m. Thursday, and thus could not be reached for comment.