- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A Milo man who stole more than $43,000 worth of copper wire from substations belonging to electric utility Emera Maine has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Michael Weston also got three years of probation and was ordered to pay full restitution at sentencing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

The 37-year-old Weston pleaded guilty last fall to substation break-ins between November of 2010 and July of 2011 while the utility was still called Bangor Hydro Electric Co.

Authorities say Weston either cut through fencing or broke locks and took more than 1,600 pounds of copper from substations in Milo, Orrington, Brooksville, Derby and Enfield. Prosecutors say one theft caused a power outage.

The wire was sold to a scrap dealer.

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