2 Florida Men Accused Of Stealing Enormous Power Pole After Irma

Lee Moran
Police in Jacksonville, Florida have arrested two men for allegedly trying to steal a gigantic power pole in the wake of Hurricane 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 now face a charge of grand theft after they were reportedly caught strapping the $2,500-worth JEA utility pipe to an SUV on Wednesday, per the Florida Times-Union.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office shared this photograph of the incident to 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 pole away from traffic. A pawn shop database search revealed he had sold dozens of pieces of scrap-metal since January, however.

Both men remain in custodywithout bond at Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s pre-trial detention facility. Their first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

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  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.