BANGOR, Maine — Charges have been dropped against the owner of Corey’s Recycling in Orrington, the owner of which admits he accepted unused copper wire stolen from Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. as scrap metal.
“Marc Corey paid $4,000 in restitution and I dismissed his case,” Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Monday.
Corey, who was facing felony receiving stolen property charges, said that while he personally didn’t do anything wrong he felt it was important to repay Bangor Hydro, since a former employee of his was involved.
“It was the right thing to do,” he said Monday in a telephone interview.
Stephen L. Ryan, 65, of Bangor, who formerly worked for Bangor Hydro, and Leslie Mushero, 33, of LaGrange are charged with one count each of felony theft by unauthorized taking for their roles in stealing the Bangor Hydro inventory. Both Ryan and Mushero are scheduled to be in court at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Nov. 9. Almy said they are expected to enter pleas and be sentenced. He said the two defendants and the district attorney’s office are still arguing over restitution.
Corey said Ryan and Mushero worked with a former employee of his to bring in the stolen copper and other items valued at $35,000 while he was away from the business driving a tow truck.
“They brought wire here five times” over a year’s time, he said.
The last time, investigators from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Bangor Hydro, “put a GPS system in the truck,” Corey said. “The next day they showed up with 11 cop cars. They surrounded the whole place. It looked like it was a murder scene.”
Corey said he did not know the wire was stolen and in February fired the employee who worked with Ryan and Mushero. Ryan, Mushero and Corey were indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury in March. His former employee was not charged.
“I gave the wire back,” Corey said, adding he also has paid in excess of $6,000 defending his name.
Almy said Corey made money from the stolen copper that was not recovered.