Man admits to stealing copper wire at Verizon sites
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.