Gregory J. Seifert; photo courtesy: OP Police
ORCHARD PARK, NY - Orchard Park Police say they found the person responsible for sawing part way through three, 95-foot tall utility poles near the Quaker Crossing Plaza on Milestrip Road. The poles toppled in high winds on Friday, January 13, causing power outages in Orchard Park.
Orchard Park Police Detective John Payne arrested Gregory J. Seifert, 43, of Hamburg, and charged him with five counts of Criminal Mischief in the second degree and three counts of Criminal Tampering in the first degree. During the police investigation, officials discovered two additional poles off Taylor Road that had been sawed but did not fall.
When a NYSEG crew arrived to repair downed power lines near the plaza on January 13, workers discovered that the three poles had been cut about three-quarters of the way though, apparently with a chain saw.
Officials say they do not have a motive in this case. When 2 On Your Side asked police what led them to Seifert, we were told that patrol officers came across Seifert earlier in the month walking in the vicinity of the downed poles pulling the chainsaw in a wagon.
Additional charges against Seifert are pending. He is scheduled to appear in Orchard Park Town Court on 1/26/12 at 4 PM. He is currently being held in the Erie County Holding Center.