Three Far Rockaway men stole up to $8,000 in copper wire from a utilities substation in several heists they carried out since October, Nassau County police said.
Shawn V. Boogaertswhite, 51, of Beach Channel Drive; Andrew Strowder Jr., 55, of Cornaga Avenue; and Joseph Foster, 29, of Beach Channel Drive, were arrested Wednesday after being caught with the stolen goods in Hewlett, and arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead, police said.
An employee of PSEG Long Island called police after noticing three men putting coil copper wiring into a 1999 Ford Econoline van that was parked inside the gated substation at 1157 W. Broadway in Hewlett on Wednesday afternoon.
Fourth Precinct officers conducted a traffic stop on West Broadway in Woodmere and arrested the men about 2 p.m. without incident. A police investigation revealed that the group had taken the copper wire from the location four other times since October, police said.
Foster faces charges of petit larceny, fourth-degree criminal mischief and criminal trespass, police said.
Boogaertswhite and Strowder are charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, but Strowder also faces vehicle and traffic law violations, police said.
Their attorneys could not be reached for comment.
The defendants are due back in court Tuesday, according to court records.