June 24, 2018
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2nd man arrested in theft of $20,000 worth of cable wire

Derald Coffin
By Darcie Moore, Times Record

WEST BATH, Maine — The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department made a second arrest Thursday in relation to the theft last week of $20,000 worth of cable wire from a parking lot on State Road.

Derald A. Coffin, 33, of Bath was arrested at his home Thursday and charged with felony theft. Bail was set at $500 and Coffin was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Police had arrested Corey Clavette, 21, of West Bath, on Nov. 8 in connection with the case and charged him with felony theft. His bail was also set at $500 and he was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail.

Police say two spools of cable wire belonging to Reed and Reed of Woolwich were reported stolen Nov. 6 from the Crooker lot on State Road where the company was assembling two large cranes in preparation for a construction job at Bath Iron Works.

Each wire spool consisted of 400 feet of wire worth $10,020 — for a total value of $20,040.

Investigators say that sometime during the night of Nov. 5, Clavette and Coffin entered the lot and stole the two spools of wire.

Deputy Mark Anderson responded to the initial complaint. Deputies from the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department were assisted in the ensuing investigation by Bath Police Department officers. Police said they discovered the wire at Clavette’s residence.

The wire “had been removed from the spools and the communication ends of the wire had been cut off, rendering them useless for their intended purpose.”

The release states the cable wire was “18-gauge wire surrounded by heavy insulation and is used as an electronic communication wire to control the cranes when they are in operation. The heavy insulation shields the wire from unwanted electronic interference. Apparently unknown to the suspects was the fact that the copper wire, if melted and resold, had a value of less than $100.”

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