Police in South Windsor, Connecticut, said that two brothers who are accused of stealing a transformer from the state’s electric company are to blame for a hazardous materials spill after it leaked potentially toxic chemicals from the back of their pick-up truck.
According to the Stamford Advocate, the incident happened around 9 a.m. on November 8 when 46-year-old Robert Simmons and his 47-year-old brother Richard allegedly stole the large piece of equipment from Connecticut Light & Power.
The news agency reports that the men had spilled oil, which contained PCB’s, from the transformer onto their clothing and in their truck, prompting authorities to dispatch a local hazmat team to decontaminate the police care that was used in their arrest.
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The suspects were charged with larceny and held on a $1,000 surety bond. Officials said the brothers’ clothing and pick-up truck were also cleaned or destroyed as a result of the spill.