CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — Officials say thieves made off with $75,000 worth of copper wire from a northern New Jersey utility.

Detective Capt. Robert Rowan of the Clifton Police Department says holes were cut in the fence at the PSE&G plant on Thanksgiving and several large sections of copper wire were take from 10-foot-tall spools.

Rowan said state police on Friday arrested a man who had $2,000 worth of copper wire in his car.

Rowan says Matthew Angelo admitted driving onto the PSE&G property on Thursday and stealing wire. However, Rowan says the 19-year-old knew nothing about the wire taken from the spools.

Police are trying to determine if he acted alone.

Angelo is held on $45,000 bail, charged with burglary. It’s not clear whether he has retained a lawyer.

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