Investigator: Copper thieves charged in Wilmot house explosionStaff Report
December 14. 2017 7:27PM
WILMOT — Two men have been indicted in connection with a house explosion that left a man with severe burns to his face, hands and knees last May.
”The joint investigation into this incident revealed that Shane Fortier and Adam Dalton went to the residence at 543 Route 4A to steal copper from the home,” state Fire Marshal’s office investigator Adam Fanjoy said Thursday in a news release. “They were confronted by the victim and fled the property.
“Upon entering the residence, the victim discovered copper piping missing from the home and an explosion occurred when a light switch was turned on by the victim.“
The victim has not been identified by police or the Fire Marshal’s office.
Fortier, 29, and Dalton, 25, were both indicted Thursday on burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, mechanical licensing penalties, conspiring to commit falsifying physical evidence and falsifying physical evidence.
Fortier was also indicted for possession of a controlled drug. In addition, Dalton was indicted for tampering with witnesses and informants.
Anyone with information is asked to contact state Fire Marshal office investigator Adam Fanjoy at 603-223-4289.