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2 men accused of pilfering copper to peddle

Posted May 26, 2008 10:22 p.m. EDT
Updated May 27, 2008 7:21 a.m. EDT

— Two Johnston County men are accused of stealing $12,000 worth of copper from a Progress Energy substation.

Police said Dusty Toler, 20, and Donald Hayes, 26, stole copper wire and tools from a truck parked at the Hillsborough Street substation. It happened sometime late Sunday.

Toler also faces charges for stealing copper from North Johnston High School last week. A sheriff's deputy said Toler stole $14,000 worth of copper tubing from a construction site on campus.

The spokesperson said it is not only illegal to steal copper, but dangerous to break into a substation – considering the amount of electricity being generated. How the men breached security at the substation was not disclosed.

Toler and Hayes were being held Monday evening at the Wake County Jail.

Copper is not the only metal thieves are targeting. Police in both Wake and Johnston counties have received reports of thieves stealing storm grates to sell as scrap metal. Drain covers can be sold from $30 to as high as $80.