(Nanaimo RCMP)

Nanaimo RCMP arrested a man Thursday morning in connection with the theft of a large amount of copper wire from a City playing field.

Police say the 31-year-old suspect was arrested at approximately 11 a.m. on October 1. Information provided to investigators led them to a red barn located on the grounds of Beban Park Recreation Centre.

When officers arrived at the barn, the suspect was in the process of stripping the plastic coating from the stolen wire.

The thief was also in possession of an e-bike that was reported stolen on September 6, 2020 from outside Woodgrove Centre.

“City of Nanaimo officials assessed the stolen wire and were pleased to discover that most of it was reusable and could be re-installed,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

O’Brien added that the lights at the turf fields located at 2235 Dorman Road would be up and running in a couple of days.

The male was arrested on two counts of Possession of Stolen Property and one count of Breach of an existing Undertaking.

He was release from custody with an order to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on December 1, 2020.

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