NH Electric Co. Offers 10K Reward Over Copper Thefts
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever stole copper from two substations recently.
Copper wire was stolen from a substation in Bridgewater on June 25 and from a substation in Meredith on July 9.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Laurie Kirby reports
A utility spokesman says in both cases the thieves cut through a chain-link security fence then cut and removed copper ground cables which were under the electrical equipment. Both thefts resulted in a loss of power during repairs and damage to $25,000 voltage regulators.
Authorities say the copper is likely being sold for scrap as it can fetch $3 to 4$ per pound.
The utility has warned that stealing from a substation can result if serious injury or death.
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