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July 15, 2011

Two indicted in Salem copper thefts

BRENTWOOD — Two Massachusetts men have been indicted on charges of stealing copper wire from National Grid in Salem, N.H.

Charles Rampino, 25, of Dedham and Charles Ranck, 29, of Jamaica Plain were each recently indicted by a Rockingham County Superior Court grand jury on single counts of burglary and theft by receiving stolen property.

The two were arrested shortly after 3 a.m. on April 18 when Salem police Officer John O'Donnell noticed a white vehicle, with its lights on and motor running, parked near National Grid on South Policy Street.

O'Donnell then saw a man jump in the vehicle and it took off, police said. When O'Donnell pulled over the vehicle on Pelham Road, both men appeared nervous and one provided false information, police said.

O'Donnell spotted bolt cutters and copper wire in the back seat.

Ranck was found to be wanted on two bench warrants. One of the men, who police did not identify, said the wire came from National Grid.

A hole had been cut in the fence around the property and a pile of copper wire was found nearby, police said.

The theft counts are Class A misdemeanors punishable by no more than a year in jail. But the burglary charges are punishable by a $4,000 fine and three and a half to seven years in state prison.

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