Man accused of copper theft

MINDEN – A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a Fort Plain man, who authorities said was found with copper computer wire he allegedly stole from his former employer.

David William Dillenbeck, 25, of 981 River Road, was charged Sunday with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Dillenbeck was a passenger in a vehicle authorities had pulled over.

The driver, Joseph Daniel Hudson, 27, of 160 S.

St. Johnsville Road in Fort Plain, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, officials said.

Deputies said they spotted Hudson driving the vehicle on Bridge Street in Minden. Deputies said they were aware Hudson had a suspended driver’s license and pulled him over.

During the traffic stop, deputies noticed Dillenbeck had the computer wire, officials said. An investigation revealed the wire was stolen from Opflex Technologies in St. Johnsville, officials said.

Dillenbeck was arraigned in Minden Town Court and remanded to the Montgomery County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond.

Hudson is scheduled to appear in Minden Town Court on May 15.