- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

WAKEFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Two Melrose men have pleaded not guilty to stealing more than a dozen batteries from state-owned highway signs.

Fifty-four-year-old William Copson and 46-year-old Sean Brogna were arraigned Monday in Malden District Court on charges including larceny and malicious destruction of property. A judge set $2,000 cash bail for Brogna and $1,000 cash bail for Copson.

The men were arrested Sunday in Wakefield after a citizen reported seeing two men behaving suspiciously on a highway.

State police said a trooper found the suspects’ pickup truck on Interstate 95 in Wakefield. Police said they found 16 batteries in the truck’s bed that had been stolen from state Transportation Department signs that provide information to motorists. Some still had their cut cables attached.

Police said Brogna was wearing a reflective traffic vest.

The men return to court April 16.

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