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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Comments (23)
  1. Hank Warren says:

    Illegals stealing US infrastructure, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  2. Had Enough says:

    Ron Paul will do nothing to resolve this.

    I say that we ought to get bounties for hunting down the thieves.

    Or at least give me good night scope!

    1. Cogito ergo sum says:

      No, but it’s not his job to stop this. This is a job for the local community. Ron Paul’s entire platform is based on Americans handling things for themselves and not turning to the government to solve every little problem because then the goverment balloons to unmanagable and unequal proportions. Ron Paul would never claim that he would resolve this because that is precisely the type of overreactive response that has killed this Republic. It’s is not the job of the federal government to get involved in every aspect of our lives for our supposed “good”, which seems to always work to our detriment. As a strict Constitutionalist, Ron Paul recognizes that “the powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite” (James Madison Federalist Papers #45). You must not understand the Constitution or Ron Paul’s political ideologies (and track record as a Congressman reflect, a rare thing these days, politicians really do as they say like this man) to make the statement you made. Ron Paul is the best candidate, the most worthy and the most presidential. He has my respect and my vote in 2012. For those who don’t know about him, give him a chance and research him. Come to your own conclusions, but research, and not just through the mainstream media, they have been caught many times trying to downplay his popularity and lying about him (look up CPAC conference 2010 Fox News, they acted very unethically). He blows all the other candidates out of the water. All the Republican candidates that once ridiculed him are now realizing that the American people like what he has to say and now they’re all following suit. However, their track records speak volumes about who’s interests Mitt “Romenycare inventor, yet now anti-Obamacare” Romney and MIchelle “former IRS employee who now is anti-taxes” Bachmann serve.He has never voted to raise taxes. I’ll end my post with these Ron Paul facts, and you can judge for yourself whether or not Bachmann, Palin, Romney, or Obama can hold a candle to this man. Ron Paul for President 2012!!!!!
      He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
      He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
      He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
      He has never taken a government-paid junket.
      He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
      He voted against the Patriot Act.
      He voted against regulating the Internet.
      He voted against the Iraq war.
      He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
      He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

      1. SockRayBlue says:

        You’ve forgotten that the “voters” are inherently stupid and vote for the politician with the biggest load of BS. Education has become quite poor in this country and the scope of education very limited. In this artificially fast paced world just learning the facts of an argument it too much trouble for the air headed younger generation.


    2. Daniel Montgomery says:

      Ron Paul looks to the Fed Reserve as a problem. He isn’t going to waste his time with copper thieves that should be stopped by local and state law enforcement. Maybe if cops stopped writing seatbelt tickets for five minutes they could pool together and do a copper thief investigation. That makes waaaaaaaaaay too much logical sense though.

  3. spellchekker says:

    Whomever penned that article needs a grammar refresher. AND THE EDITOR NEEDS TO BE FIRED. Losers.

    1. Russ says:

      Amen, your absolutely right on this one!!!

    2. Karen Scheid says:

      You need a refresher yourself. It’s WHOEVER.

  4. lh says:

    The salvage recyclers that receive this metal need to be charged with receiving stolen property. The District Attorneys need to crack down on theft.

  5. egoist says:

    On the culture’s current trajectory, I wonder if they’ll start stealing our very bodies to eat them. It’s like the welfare state (of the last 100 years) has back-fired or something.

  6. zedster says:

    Journalism at it’s best.

  7. Augustus Tiberius Franklin says:

    IN 1879 britain introduced democratic party politics to destroy the US. voting is not unique to Democracies, but Democracies are unique to Oligarchies that bring democracy to every Republic they want to destroy and become tyrannical leaders over the generators of wealth…then the wealth goes into the pocket of the elite and their oligarchies…don’t b elieve me? before Britain, our big buddy, did this, after a presidential election, the losing president would automatically become the vice president and all the nation was represented in the Executive branch….but not now….how you like that Democracy now? How about served up by a kenyan whose real birth certificate is in the city of London (damn those brits again!). he was born when kenya was the east african prefectorate for the United Kingdom…why hawaii on the birth certificate? look at the hawaiian flag. It has a British Union Jack where teh stars should be.

  8. CONNECTICUT SSN 042-68-4425 says:

    @ KENYAN…

    I’m beginning to think that the ONLY way DRUDGE will report on Barry’s Forged B.C., is if he also steals COPPER from The White House.

    1. solo_poke says:

      You have brainwahsed by the billionaires to protect their interests. If you were serious you would be pulling a Cairo on wallstreet.

  9. solo_poke says:

    I will tell electric companies who stole their copper, when they tell people which bankers stole Americans money, otherwise they are SOL.

    I built my own wind turbine and converted my Jeep to electric drive, so I could get energy companies out of my life.

    1. Spanky says:

      Non sequitur much?

  10. Barrycdog says:

    The city needs to utilize its SCADA system It indicates when gates open and close or when breakers or switches do. Have the system monitor a piece of copper and when its cut send police or a utility service man. Offering a reward is great but a little common sense will go a long way. The cut copper would be a unique alarm and there would be no doubt. One guy stole copper in a station in Georgia and burnt his arms off. People need to learn what they are messing with.

    1. Spanky says:

      I would think that the risk of death or being maimed is a pretty big deterrent, but it appears not to be big enough.

  11. James Woods says:

    Don’t take my comment as a call for more government but why is it that our infrastructure is a sitting duck for anything?

    Not only should it be below ground in secure units to begin with but why aren’t these companies doing more to safeguard them?

    Utility workers make a very good living in my state and there are plenty of them that are in the local areas. Alot of the time where you live is a requirement to hold a utility job.

    Why not have them do partrols once in awhile if these substations are important? Why not have cameras monitoring them?

    We have cameras at redlights that the people don’t want. We have power that people want being shutoff because the utility companies can’t protect their service.

    Offering rewards is not a way to go because it only will encourage thefts to get the reward.

    1. Spanky says:

      Below ground costs several times more and it’s even more expensive to convert above-ground installations to below-ground. It’s a lot easier to do it right in new communities, but we don’t have that luxury in existing communities.

      We may have cameras, but as you know it’s not too hard to disable them. And nobody can watch the millions of cameras necessary 24×7. Thieves would just wear masks and hats and put their vehicles farther away, so it would be harder to identify them.

      I have NEVER heard the argument that offering rewards causes additional crime and I just can’t buy that.

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