CANTON – St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two men who were burning electrical wire while trespassing on another man's property, and who also allegedly had a carful of burglary equipment.
Phillip C. Noble, 24, Hermon and Robert H. Reed Jr., 30, Pyrites, were reportedly discovered burning electrical wire on the property of Nelson C. Austin, 1789 County Rt. 21, Canton.
When deputies located Reed's vehicle, they found several items including rubber gloves, bolt cutters and ski masks.
They were both charged with trespass and possession of burglar's tools, a class A misdemeanor.
Noble was additionally charged with second-degree burglary, a class C felony, and petit larceny stemming from another incident deputies were investigating that allegedly occurred March 31 on the Pink Schoolhouse Road, Canton.
Deputies were assisted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, who also issued a citation to both men for the open burning of copper (an unclassified misdemeanor).
Both men were arraigned in Canton Town Court by Judge Christopher Curley.
Noble was remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash bail.
Reed was released on his own recognizance to return to Canton Town Court at a later date.