BANGOR, Maine (AP) – A Maine man has pleaded guilty to stealing copper wire and pipe fittings from property operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Togus.
Twenty-six-year-old Derek Less of Richmond, Maine, pleaded guilty to the theft Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.
Court records say VA employees and police officers watched Less remove spools of copper wire from the facilities.
After officers asked Less for permission to search his car, Less fled the VA grounds.
An investigation showed that Less sold over 400 pounds of wire and pipe fittings to Clark’s Cars & Parts, Inc. in July and August of 2012. Less admitted that he stole the copper from the VA to support his drug addiction.
He awaits sentencing.