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Copper stolen from Duke Power substation

Posted May 13, 2008

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— Thieves broke into a Duke Power substation Monday evening and ripped out about $4,000 in copper materials, police said.

The theft occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Monday at a fenced substation at 2900 Ashe St., police said. The thieves stole copper grounding rods and damaged dozens of fiber-optic communications lines while cutting through a pipe to grab more copper, police said.

Damage to the substation was estimated at about $20,000, police said.

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  • TomLynda May 13, 2008

    One other thought. My step son works in heating/air and he says that sometimes they will cut and drive away with the air condition unit. Lots of copper in some of them. That's my biggest worry. That we will be going some weekend and come back and see an empty space where the unit used to sit. So we work with the neighbors to keep watch over each others property. So far it's working real well.

  • TomLynda May 13, 2008

    Yep, it's just a matter of time and some idiot is going to cut into a live wire when things aren't just right, and then.....

  • DougWare.NET May 13, 2008

    Time to put all those pennies you've been saving in the safe...

  • HappyGirl08 May 13, 2008

    Good grief! Good thing I don't have any copper decorations in my yard. From the sounds of things it would be gone!

  • anonemoose May 13, 2008

    Too bad that they didn't hit a live wire.