LEROY, NY - A series of unusual thefts of high-voltage electrical wires led police to a LeRoy electrician whose knowledge of the area and expertise with high-voltage electrical installations made him a suspect.
Michael A. Nicometo, age 28, of 45 North Street, was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal mischief after a search of his home turned up numerous pieces of evidence, according to the LeRoy Police Department. More than $50,000 worth of electrical wiring and components from the burglaries were later recovered at a Lake Street warehouse in the Village of LeRoy.
The series of burglaries began on June 6, 2012 when high-voltage wires were stolen from a warehouse on Lake Street. What made the crime unusual is that the wires between the transformer and the building had been cut while still connected to the main power grid -- not the kind of procedure that an amateur would be likely to pull off.
Similar thefts involving live, high-voltage wires occurred between October of 2012 and February of 2013 in the Town of LeRoy, the City of Rochester and at an industrial plant on Lake Street in the Village of LeRoy.
Nicometo was charged with one count each of class D-felony burglary in the third degree, class-C felony of grand larceny in the second degree and a class d-felony of criminal mischief in the second degree. He was arraigned before Judge Daryl Sehm of the LeRoy Town Court and sent to the Genesee County Jail. Bail was set at $25,000.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges may be filed, police said.