Police in Jacksonville, Florida, have arrested two men for allegedly trying to steal a gigantic power pole in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Blake Lee Waller, 42, and Victor Walter Apeler, 46, each now face a charge of grand theft after they were reportedly caught strapping the $2,500-worth JEA utility pipe to an SUV on Wednesday, per The Florida Times-Union.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office shared this photograph of the incident on Twitter, and it’s since gone viral.
— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) September 13, 2017
“Citizens watching out and officers cleaning up = partnership!” the sheriff’s office captioned the snap.
According to Action News Jax, Apeler initially told police he was just moving the downed pole away from traffic. A pawn shop database search revealed he had sold dozens of pieces of scrap metal since January, however.
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