A 22-year-old Freemansburg man allegedly stole as much as a ton of copper wire from the new of St. Luke’s Hospital while it was still under construction in June of 2010, according to court records.
Nicholas Young of 227 Clearfield St. was arraigned on multiple charges Wednesday night and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $30,000 bail following his arraignment before
Young had been wanted by since May for that theft, which netted he and his partners 47,000 feet of copper wire worth more than $8,350.
The wire stolen on June 5 was on 22 rolls and would have weighed between 1,600 and 2,000 pounds, the court records say. According to the affidavit, Young returned to the construction site on June 16 to make a second attempt at stealing metal, but failed.
Young was charged with felony theft and felony receiving stolen property as well as criminal attempt to commit theft and three counts of criminal conspiracy.
The lengthy affidavit of probable cause alleges that Young was part of a group of thieves who raided outdoor construction sites to steal copper wire and other metals for sale at area scrap yards.
According to The Express-Times, one of those accomplices, Brian Sweeney, is currently serving 22 months in Lehigh County Prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to burglary and conspiracy.
One of the other thefts described in the affidavit was of $5,000 in electrical equipment – wires and boxes – owned by the, which was taken from where city crews were setting up for Musikfest in July 2010.
However, Young was not charged in that theft – only in the one theft and one attempt at the St. Luke’s construction site.
It was unclear whether other alleged accomplices named in the affidavit have had charges filed against them. However, one of the accomplices allegedly received nearly $14,000 in cash from H. Blinderman & Son, a Hellertown scrap metal yard, for metal and wiring between April and July of 2010.