LENOIR COUNTY - A Lenoir County man allegedly stole approximately $15,000 worth of Duke Energy wires.
James Ronald Hewitt, 34, is facing over a dozen charges including felony injuring utility wiring fixtures, trespassing, and damage to personal property.
Hewitt, of Dogwood Lane in Kinston, allegedly broke into a Duke Energy substation on Tick Bite Road near Grifton and stole copper-clad ground wires.
Hewitt cut approximately 100 pieces of copper-clad wiring from power poles, investigators said.
Detectives cracked the case by tracking the stolen wiring through local metal dealers, investigators said.
"Duke Energy was able to provide expert information that allowed us to positively identify the clad wiring as that stolen from Grifton," Sheriff Chris Hill said in a statement.
The break-in was reported early this month; deputies arrested Hewitt Saturday.