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Telephone wire thefts net jail sentence

A Foxboro man will spend eight months in jail for stealing telephone wire three times from the same spot in the town of Amnicon, silencing landline phones and computers in the area.

A Foxboro man will spend eight months in jail for stealing telephone wire three times from the same spot in the town of Amnicon, silencing landline phones and computers in the area.

Tyler Lee Mains, 33, pleaded guilty to felony criminal damage to property Oct. 3 in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Three counts of misdemeanor theft were dismissed but read in for sentencing.

He was sentenced to two years of probation and eight months in jail. A one-year jail sentence was imposed and stayed. Mains was ordered to pay $11,748 in restitution, provide a DNA sample and pay $268 in court costs.

According to the criminal complaint:

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Live telephone wire was cut and removed from the corner of County Highway E and Munnings Road on three occasions in August 2013. Russell Cook of CenturyLink Corporation said the cost to repair the damage and reconnect phone service would be in excess of $10,000. When questioned by Deputy Jeff Bethards, Mains admitted the he and two other males cut the wire down from the telephone poles and took it to another location to burn off the plastic casing before selling it to a Superior business. He said they sold three batches of copper wire for a total of $334.40.

The repeated cutting of the telephone wires left about 50 homes without phone or internet service for about 12 hours each time, according to Cook. A photo captured with a trail camera during one of the incidents helped lead to the identification of a suspect, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The picture was shared online through the department’s Facebook page.

Superior Telegram

 

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