GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Robert June Wesley, the man who stole thousands of dollars worth of copperfrom Consumers Energy, was sentenced today to nine months in jail.
Judge George Buth also ordered Wesley to pay more than $5,200 in restitution for copper wire thefts at the Consumers substation on Wealthy Street SW.
Wesleywas givencreditfor time served since his October arrest, meaning he'llbe eligible for release in mid July.
Police say Wesley cut through a razor-topped fence to get inside the compound. Wesley, 64, did the same thing in 2004, according to records in Kent County Circuit Court.
In the latest case, he was charged with several offenses, including receiving and concealing stolen property. Consumers officials say the thefts had the potential to cause havoc to city services, including operation of the wastewater treatment plant.
The Department of Homeland Security planned to address the court, but a representative was not on hand for today's sentencing.