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GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A thirty-three-year-old man, a 13-year-old and and a 15-year-old were arrested for stealing five PEPCO utility poles having a total value of $25,000 in Rockville, Md.

Marvin W. Frazier, 33, of Germantown, is being charged with burglary and theft for breaking into a construction site and stealing five PEPCO utility poles, police said.

The burglary happened around 1:40 a.m. Saturday, police said. Authorities responded to the area of Omega Drive and Research Boulevard in Rockville, Md. for the report of a suspicious situation.

The suspects put the utility poles into a U-Haul truck, police said.

Authorities found the U-Haul truck parked at the Extended Stay America hotel located at 2621 Research Boulevard. The three males were spotted running off, however police were able to stop them in the Sleep Inn parking lot located at 2 Research Court.

Frazier was one of the suspects, along with his two family members, the 13-year-old and the 15-year-old boys.

Officers learned that signs for the Interstate 270 were attached to the poles. The poles were stolen from Paradigm Companies' construction site located at 9435 Key West Avenue, authorities said. Police said the construction site is blocked off by two fences.

Police learned that a female family member had been called to pick up Frazier and the two boys when they noticed that the poles would not be able to fit all the way in the U-Haul.

The plan was for Frazier to leave the U-Haul in the parking lot and then go back in the morning, police said.

Frazier was arrested and is being charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, and felony theft.

The two teens were arrested and taken to the 6th District Station. Police said they are being charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, and felony theft. According to authorities, they were released to the custody of a parent.

The driver of the minivan was not charged, police said.




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