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Man shocked during suspected copper theft

A man was shocked Thursday morning while he was trying to steal copper wire from a Duke Energy substation in Durham, police said.

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DURHAM, N.C. — A man was shocked Thursday morning while he was trying to steal copper wire from a Duke Energy substation at Ashe Street and Hoover Road, police said.

The unidentified man suffered severe burns and was airlifted to the Jaycees Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, police said.

The case remains under investigation, police said.

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