BEEKMAN, New York — Authorities say a man accused of stealing large amounts of copper from utility power stations and a cell tower in the Hudson Valley caused damage and losses estimated at hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office says Tuesday that 37-year-old Stephen Lippolis of Beekman was arrested Saturday and charged with grand larceny.
Officials say the arrest came after a four-month investigation into copper thefts from locations throughout the county, including NYSEG (NYE'-sehg) and Central Hudson Gas and Electric stations and a cell tower.
Police say he caused "significant" damage to the sites. None of the copper has been recovered and authorities didn't have a specific value for the stolen metal.
Lippolis is being held in the county jail. Police say they don't know if he has a lawyer who could comment.