WALES (AP) — Maine State Police say a man has been charged with climbing a utility pole and using jumper cable clamps to steal electricity from a utility company for his home.

Police said Tuesday 36- year-old Nicholas Gagne, of Wales, was arrested Jan. 16 and charged with theft of services. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney and a phone number couldn’t be found for him.

Police say Gagne climbed up the power pole outside his home, connected the clamps to the transformer, and ran a line from the transformer to the ground and to his house.

Troopers say Central Maine Power Co. was aware of what Gagne was doing and tried repeatedly to disconnect the power. Gagne allegedly kept reconnecting it.

Police say CMP estimates Gagne stole power valued at more than $3,000.



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