• Some thieves don’t even enter a substation to commit their crimes. In a recent case, thieves cut all the ground wires – except one – off the fences surrounding a substation. The criminals took a big chance in guessing that the one line they didn’t cut would prevent them from getting a fatal 69,000-volt static shock. In another case, burglars used a pickup truck to pull copper ground wires from several power poles just installed to replace storm-damaged poles along a rural road.
“These thieves are risking their lives and the lives of others for a very small return on their ‘investment’ in crime,” said Jon Miles, General Manger of Chariton Valley Electric. “The new Crime Stoppers program will help deter these criminals. We want the eyes of our community to help us stop copper thefts.”