Oilfield site thefts restitution ordered by court

A Red Deer man who has admitted to breaking into a number of oilfield sites has been ordered to pay restitution for the damages and goods stolen.

A Red Deer man who has admitted to breaking into a number of oilfield sites has been ordered to pay restitution for the damages and goods stolen.

Three Hills RCMP launched an investigation after receiving numerous complaints of large amounts of copper wire stolen from various oilfield sites throughout the area from December 2012 through February 2013.

Stephen Barnes, 40, pleaded guilty in Drumheller provincial court on Aug. 23 to six counts of non-residential break and enter and two counts of break and enter with intent to commit an offence.

Back in court on Friday, he was given a two-year conditional sentence and ordered to pay restitution totalling $6,155.91.