Copper Theft is a Dangerous Business
Copper theft is a dangerous business and poses “extreme danger to the criminal himself, utility workers and first responders,” according to a judge in P.E.I. Supreme Court.
According to Kim Griffin at Maritime Electric. “When our workers go into a substation that’s been tampered with from a copper theft perspective, they may not know. Any of our employees — as well as the people breaking in — could be electrocuted or killed.”
The court heard that the defendant cut through a security fence and barbed wire to get at the electrical equipment inside the substation, carrying 138,000 volts of electricity. He sold the stolen copper and aluminium to a metal recycling business in Charlottetown. The next day, he returned to the substation and stole more metal.
The recycling depot called police when the defendant showed up with second trunk load. The metals stolen from the Maritime Electric substation were worth about $38,000.
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