2 Dead in Copper Theft from Detroit Substation
Two people were found dead Dec. 29, 2017 inside a Detroit public lighting substation on the city’s east side at Raymond Avenue near Harper Avenue.
When the power at the facility went out around 4 a.m. Friday, an alert was sent to public lighting officials in Downtown Detroit.
A technician went to the facility to see what went wrong, and he found a door had been pried open. The technician found the badly burned bodies of two men inside the station. Police said the bodies were fused together after coming in contact with a 24,000-volt transformer.
“We have two, that we know, two black males,” Detroit police Capt. Kyra Joy Hope said. “One of them apparently touched 24,000 volts, and then transferred over to the other one.” Police said the men weren’t employees. It’s believed that they broke into the facility with tools to steal materials from inside.
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