Butler Man Gives Light Pole The Ax

A Butler man is spotted by a DOT traffic camera cutting apart the light pole Sunday afternoon and is later arrested when he returns to the scene. The metal shavings in the back of his truck gave him away to police.

A Butler man is facing charges after he allegedly cut apart and stole a downed light pole at the onramp for southbound Highway 45 at West Silver Spring Drive Sunday afternoon.

Guy Roy Tengel, 47, was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Thursday with one count of theft and one count of criminal damage to property. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 4:38 p.m. Sunday, Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputies were called to the onramp after Tengel was spotted cutting apart the light pole. The incident was caught on a Wisconsin Department of Transportation traffic camera in the area and Tengel was identified by the license plates on his truck. The pole is valued at $5,043.

Tengel later returned to the location and was pulled over. The inside of the back of his truck was full of metal shavings.

He’s currently free on a $500 signature bond while awaiting trial.

Steve March 14, 2012 at 05:13 PM
lol. Still scrappers hopefully this is one that keeps robbing from our yard, throw this bum in jail.
Craig March 15, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Speaking of light poles...anyone know what those boxes are with three little antennas sticking out of them on the streetlights? They installed one near my house, I never saw anything like it before. The only purpose for the pole is a light so I know it is not another utility. Anyone know what this is???????
Steve March 15, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Obama spy antennas Do they communicate with other lights to tell them to turn on at a certain time? Instead of the photo sensor that always seems to fail. To my google machine I go.....
Craig March 15, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Let me know what you find out- maybe tomorrow I will post a pic.
Steve March 15, 2012 at 04:57 AM
WiFi before 3G but now that that is pointless used by emergency services, so more being installed. I always wondered how they got their data to the vehicles. Before 3G use: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricochet_%28Internet_service%29 Today: http://www.paloaltoonline.com/square/index.php?i=3&d=1&t=445
Craig March 15, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Cool Beans! I wish I could use it.
Steve March 15, 2012 at 01:44 PM
So I had my eye out this AM and saw one about 20" long on Appelton just south of the new pick n' save.
Born Free March 15, 2012 at 07:20 PM
$5,000 g's per pole? We're getting shafted. LOL The food stamp president doesn't think desperate people are going to do desperate things.
Craig March 15, 2012 at 07:55 PM
A wood pole would work just fine; but then we would have to murder a living, breathing tree.
Steve March 15, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I support mining so I support the metal pole. After a little google time 5K is really high, even with labor.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 15, 2012 at 10:57 PM
My good buddies Steve and Craig, nothing is more precious that getting $8 in scrap to buy a nice 40 of Old English.
sarah johnson March 16, 2012 at 01:04 AM
how bout bout getting forty dollers when your son needs medicine people are out here hurting, no jobs out here for even the most hardest of workers. if a pole is still sitting there months after it gets knocked down you would think the guy was doing the county a favor by getting rid of a DOWNED LIGHT POLE! it dosent make any since people are mad and the guy could go to prison for seven years for taking care of some garbage that the county would have had to pay more out to have it collected then it was worth. we should be thanking him for saving tax payers money not putting cuffs on this guy.
Steve March 16, 2012 at 01:07 AM
You have a point. I'd say you can afford a few of those for $8
Steve March 16, 2012 at 01:08 AM
O o Article says he cut the pole down
Katie March 16, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Just watched the full report and HE DID NOT cut the pole down it clearly says a "downed light pole".I know this man, he is a sweet, kind hearted man, he has been out of work for a while and has 4 kids to support, ALONE. He would never hurt a living sole. No one knows his personal cicumstances and anyone who says they have never struggled or made a mistake in their life is a liar. Why are'nt we worried about the real criminals out there, you know the murderers, drug dealers ect. Now obviously I am biased because I know his true nature, and kind heart, but really don't we have bigger fish to fry here. He's just a normal guy trying to get by. AND he didn't realize the seriousness of this act I am sure.
Steve March 16, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Well that actually makes more sense. Still can't steal property we have a huge scrapping problem in our yard and I chase guys out once a week. It's very close to this location maybe he has seen me through the rear view mirror once or twice.
Carl Engelking March 16, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Thank you Sarah the correction has been made.


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