Former North Wales Man Ordered to Pay in Copper Theft
A one-time North Wales resident will avoid jail time in connection with the theft of copper wiring, but he faces five years of court supervision. Authorities say Robert Diffenderfer conspired with two other men to steal copper wiring from utility poles in Pottstown and upper Providence. Pole say, Diffenderfer and his two accomplices committed the crimes in March and May of 2010. Verizon customers complained about service, which clued the company in on the source of the problem. Judge Thomas Branca has ordered Diffenderfer and the two other men to pay for the cost of the stolen copper, estimated at 8,974.