New York State Electric and Gas Substation Copper Thefts
A $5,000 reward is offered by NYSEG for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a rash of recent substation copper theft.
“As well as putting themselves in grave danger, the perpetrators are endangering our workers and the public,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E, in a news release. “We are working with law enforcement to apprehend those responsible and offer a reward to encourage the public to assist us.”
Previous Copper Theft
New York State Electric & Gas has experienced numerous incidents of copper theft this year in Western New York.
A Perry man, Andrew Mower, died last year as a result of climbing onto a transformer and grabbing a charged line during a burglary attempt. Eugene Matteson, 25, was sentenced to state prison for his part in the incident, which caused more than $125,000 in damages at the facility.
Anyone with information regarding the copper thefts should contact Wyoming County Sheriff’s Investigator Aaron Anderson at (585) 786-8989. Anybody who sees suspicious activity around NYSEG facilities, especially substations, are asked to call their local police.
Date: 10th December 2015
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