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.