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Copper stolen from Duke Power substation

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

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DURHAM, N.C. — 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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