Kentucky Power (AEP) offers reward for Copper theft information
A reward is being offered to stop copper thieves targeting facilities in eastern Kentucky.
Kentucky Power an AEP company, says thieves cut fencing around the Beckham substation in Knott County on Tuesday 19th December 2017 and stole about 900 feet of copper wire from spools leftover from recent construction.
The cost of the copper wire and damage to the fence is estimated at about $2,000.
Kentucky Power says many of its substations are located in remote areas, often making it difficult to detect copper theft. Copper theft often results in power surges that can damage equipment in homes and businesses and cause power outages. The cost due to loss of equipment, materials and repairs is high.
Kentucky Powers says the risk thieves take to steal copper isn’t worth it.
“Anytime you go into a substation, you’re dealing with high voltage lines,” said Everett Phillips, Kentucky Power’s managing director distribution region operations.
“Stealing copper is extremely dangerous and a foolish thing to do. The copper theft causes damage to Kentucky Power property, impacts substation safety creating hazards for customers and employees, and puts people at risk for fatalities and injuries for minimal gain.”
Kentucky Power is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to prosecution. Anyone who sees suspicious activity near a substation is asked to call 1-866-747-5845.
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