- Associated Press - Thursday, April 13, 2017

PORTAGE DES SIOUX, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a man caused electric outages in a community north of St. Louis by stealing thousands of feet of copper and ground wires from electric utility poles.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2oqXgNX ) reports 31-year-old David G. Robison was charged Wednesday with felony counts of stealing and tampering with service of utility or institution.

St. Charles County police say Robison cut and stole thousands of feet of heavy gauge copper and ground wires worth $28,000 from utility poles in Portage Des Sioux, about 30 miles north of St. Louis.

Investigators say the thefts resulted in local power outages, but police didn’t say when the thefts and outages occurred.

Robison is from nearby of Maryland Heights. He was released from jail after posting $5,000 bail.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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