A Cobalt-area man has been charged in connection with an excavator that was reported stolen in North Bay.

The 36-year-old Coleman Township man is charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

The excavator, worth about $69,000, went missing from North Bay in late May.

On June 1st North Bay OPP told their counterparts at the Temiskaming OPP detachment about the theft and on July 31st the excavator was found in the New Liskeard area in Harley Township.

The accused was arrested and charged over the long weekend.