Copper Theft From Utilities Cause Huge Damage Costs

BEEKMAN, N.Y. (AP) -

A man accused of stealing large amounts of copper from utility power stations and a cell tower in the Hudson Valley caused damage and losses estimated at hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office says Tuesday that 37-year-old Stephen Lippolis of Beekman was arrested Saturday and charged with grand larceny. The arrest comes after a four-month investigation into copper thefts from locations throughout the county, including NYSEG and Central Hudson Gas and Electric stations and a cell tower.

Police say he caused “significant” damage to the sites. None of the copper has been recovered and authorities didn’t have a specific value for the stolen metal.