BANGOR — A former employee of Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. and two other people have been indicted on charges of stealing copper wire worth $35,000 from the utility.

A Penobscot County grand jury on Wednesday indicted 65-year-old Stephen Ryan of Bangor; 33-year-old Leslie Mushero of LaGrange; and 42-year-old Marc Corey of Orrington.

Prosecutors say Ryan was employed by Bangor Hydro when the theft occurred and Corey owns a scrap metal business.

Ryan and Mushero are charged with felony theft by unauthorized taking and Corey is charged with felony receiving stolen property.

The suspects face up to five years in prison if convicted.

The wire was taken within the past year from storage and was not in use when it was stolen.

A Bangor Hydro spokeswoman says Ryan no longer works for the company.

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