COLONIE — Two Rensselaer County men face a host of charges for allegedly stealing copper from a National Grid substation on Sparrowbush Road.
According to Lt. Robert Winn, National Grid security responded to an alarm at
around 6:44 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, and spotted a black pickup truck driving away.
They then checked the substation and found copper had been stolen so they called police.
Colonie officers stopped the two men at the corner of
Loudon and Sparrowbush roads and made the arrest.
The two allegedly did $1,500 worth of damage while stealing $1,500 worth of copper.
Zachary Francis, a 28-year-old from Troy, and Justin Schreiner, a 30-year-old from Nassau, are each charged with the felonies of criminal mischief and grand larceny as well as the misdemeanors of criminal trespass, possession of burglar tools and unlawful possession of radio devices.
They were sent to the Albany County jail pending arraignment.