2 Florida Men Accused Of Stealing Enormous Power Pole After Irma


Police in Jacksonville, Florida, have arrested two men for allegedly trying to steal a gigantic power pole in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Blake Lee Waller, 42, and Victor Walter Apeler, 46, each nowface a charge of grand theftafter they were reportedly caughtstrapping the $2,500-worth JEA utility pipe to an SUV on Wednesday, per The Florida Times-Union.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office sharedthis photographof the incident on Twitter, and it’s since gone viral.

“Citizens watching out and officers cleaning up = partnership!” the sheriff’s office captioned the snap.

According to Action News Jax, Apeler initially told police he was just moving the downed poleaway from traffic. A pawn shop database search revealed he had sold dozens of pieces of scrap metal since January, however.

Both men remainin custodywithout bond at Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s pretrial detention facility. Their first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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