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Thieves snatch copper wire from Kent-area substation

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm with 1 Comment »
March 29, 2011 12:43 pm

The Bonneville Power Administration reports that copper wire was stolen from its Kent-area substation sometime last week.

Now, the utility is offering up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

A worker discovered that thieves had cut a hole in the fence at the Covington Substation, 28401 Covington Way Southeast, and cut copper wire from the equipment late last week, according to a press release. BPA and law enforcement are now investigating.

The thieves caused $5,000 in damage, the utility reports.

“The culprits are not only damaging the electrical infrastructure that keeps our lights on, but they’re also forcing electric ratepayers to cover the costs of this kind of senseless damage and theft,” Kevin West, BPA physical security specialist, said in the press release.

BPA asks anyone with information about the theft to call its Crime Witness Hotline at 800-437-2744 or the Covington Police Department at 253-638-1110, ext. 2244.

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  1. footballscaa says:

    I’ve posted this before and it looks like I’ll be posting this in the future too. This type of crime will continue until recyclers are forced by law (because they refuse to police themselves) to list all of the items they paid for and record the drivers license of each person they gave cash to. Someone rolls up with a bunch of copper wire and the recyclers pretend they don’t know it’s stolen. It happens all the time and will continue until Washington state at least tries, to control it.

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