Pair of Calgary men arrested after oil field sites damaged during copper thefts

Two men from Calgary have been charged with stealing copper wire after $300,000 worth of damage was allegedly caused to oil field wells sites near the city.

The arrests were made by Calgary police alongside the High River RCMP on Jan. 18, when unstripped copper wire and heavy equipment tools such as bolt cutters, were found in a vehicle.

“This arrest will have a positive impact on the critical infrastructure in and around Calgary and ongoing trend of copper wire theft,” Calgary police said in a statement.

Brian Tanner, 43, and Jonathan Paul, 38, both of Calgary, are facing charges including possession of break and enter tools, break and enter, breaches of recognizance and possession of a controlled substance.

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