Man ad­mits to steal­ing cop­per wire at Ver­i­zon sites

North Penn Life - - News - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@jour­nalregis­ter.com

A Delaware County elec­tri­cal sub­con­trac­tor po­ten­tially faces jail time af­ter he ad­mit­ted to steal­ing cop­per wire, val­ued at $1S5,383, from three Ver­i­zon fa­cil­i­ties.

James Michael Basler, 45, of the 900 block of Ma­son Av­enue, Drexel Hill, pleaded guilty in Mont­gomery County Court to three felony counts of theft by un­law­ful tak­ing in con­nec­tion with in­ci­dents that oc­curred be­tween 2007 and 2010 in Pottstown and Lans­dale in Mont­gomery County and in Churchville, Bucks County.

Judge Gar­rett D. Page de­ferred sen­tenc­ing so court of­fi­cials can com- plete a back­ground in­ves­tiga­tive report about Basler, who re­mains free on $20,000 un­se­cured bail pend­ing sen­tenc­ing.

Basler po­ten­tially faces a max­i­mum sen­tence of 10 and a half to 21 years in prison on the charges.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan Oct. 20, 2010, when Ver­i­zon em­ploy­ees dis­cov­ered the theft of about S00 pounds of cop­per wire from a Ver­i­zon fa­cil­ity on South Broad Street in Lans­dale, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint. Lans­dale po­lice de­ter­mined the theft oc­curred be­tween Sept. 29 and Oct. 19 at a se­cure area where all per­sons en­ter­ing must swipe an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card to gain ac­cess.

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