Clearfield Man Gets Jail Time for Stealing from Utility Poles

CLEARFIELD – A Clearfield man who took over $7,000 worth of wires from utility poles pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clearfield County Court.

Jason Edward Shaffer, 37, Clearfield, pleaded guilty to 30 counts of theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced by Judge Paul E. Cherry to 90 days to one year in jail and two years consecutive probation. He was fined $395 plus costs and must pay restitution of $7,692.59 to Penelec. Shaffer was also ordered to complete a drug and alcohol awareness program.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Sept. 8 a man called police to report several utility poles that had the ground wires cut in Clearfield Borough. When an officer investigated, he saw three poles with wire cut about six feet from the ground. Another resident of the same area reported to police that she saw a suspicious male between 4:00 a.m. and 5 a.m.cutting wires from a pole.

Police officers then contacted Novey Recycling to ask them to watch for someone selling copper wire. An employee told police Shaffer had just sold them 32 pounds of copper. When police spoke to Shaffer he admitted to cutting the copper from the approximately 20 poles.

In a second case, Shaffer pleaded guilty to tampering or fabricating physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia. For this he was sentenced to two years concurrent probation and was fined $450 plus costs.

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