By Steve Beck
WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP (CBS) — Good idea: Using a generator to power a traffic signal in a town left powerless by the ice storm. Bad idea: Trying to steal that generator and attempting to cover up the crime.READ MORE: 20-Year-Old Man Shot Multiple Times, Killed In Northern Liberties, Philly Police Say
West Goshen Township police say that’s exactly what James Hutchinson did.
According to investigators, a West Goshen Township police officer spotted a pick-up truck with its door open parked next to a traffic signal late Thursday night.READ MORE: Taste With Tori: Huda In Rittenhouse Merging Standout Sandwiches And Fine Dining
As the officer was bringing his cruiser to stop, police say Hutchinson ran up to the officer and told him that another individual just stole the generator and fled in a SUV.
The officer began to pull away, but then realized something was not right about the story and stopped the blue Ford operated by Hutchinson. Police say Hutchinson then admitted that he stole the generator and he was taken in to custody.
Hutchinson is facing charges of theft and receiving stolen property.MORE NEWS: Bucks County Police Chiefs Detail How George Floyd's Murder Changes How They Work
The generator was recovered and the traffic signal is functioning properly.