Two men charged in copper wire theft from Harley-Davidson plant

Publish Date: 
Oct 15, 2013

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Two employees of a transport company have been charged in connection with the theft of copper wire from Harley-Davidson’s Pilgrim Road Factory in Menomonee Falls.

The men each face one count of theft of movable property greater than $10,000, as party to a crime, according to WITI.

Company security officers notified authorities Oct. 7 the facility was missing 46 spools of copper wire, each weighing about 300 lbs. and valued at $1,410. Security officers told authorities they noticed two spools missing Sept. 18. They began to more closely monitor the wire, and noticed five more spools went missing Oct. 6.

According to the criminal complaint, surveillance video showed one man propping open a door leading to the Harley-Davidson plant. A second suspect entered the facility from outside, and a third individual pushed a furniture dolly. The video shows an item on the furniture dolly that appears to be the same size as the stolen copper wire spools. Black plastic was shown covering the suspected spool. The suspects made a second trip and loaded the dolly again. The losses happened on Sunday mornings, according to the complaint.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspects work at the Harley-Davidson facility, but are employees of environmental services company Veolia.

Some projects could not be completed due to a lack of copper wire, according to information in the complaint.

Posted by Holly Wagner