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Florida Men Accused of Trying to Steal Utility Pole

The men told officers they were moving the pole because it had fallen near traffic lanes

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    Two men were arrested in Jacksonville, Florida, after strapping a utility pole to their SUV and trying to make off with it. 

    The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office tweeted a photo Wednesday of the two shirtless men sitting handcuffed on a curb near their vehicle with a huge JEA utility pole lying across the SUV's roof.

    Victor Walter Apeler, 46, and Blake Lee Waller, 42, were arrested and charged with grand theft, NBC affiliate WCMH-TV reported. The pole was valued at $2,500, according to WCMH-TV.

    According to a police report, Apeler told officers they were moving the pole because it had fallen near traffic lanes, Action News Jax reported. 

    Looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma has been a concern for Florida police. Earlier this week, more than two dozen people were arrested in Fort Lauderdale and Miami for Irma-related looting.