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Substation hit by copper thieves

October 18, 2007

Dougherty County -- Thieves stole more than 2400 pounds of copper wire, worth about $9000, from a power substation on Moultrie Road. Mitchell E-M-C workers found the theft during routine maintenance.

 Thieves cut through a fence at this substation on Moultrie Road and took wire that lucky for them wasn't energized. The wire used to be hooked up to portable generators that have been removed from the substation.  So investigators think the thieves know how substations work.

E-M-C representatives say touching any other wire in that substation would probably have been deadly. Mitchell EMC Loss Control Director Don Taylor said "very unusual for that cable to have been de-energized. Anything else in that station is 115-thousand volts coming in, and 25 thousand volts going out."  

No customers lost power because of the theft, but it will cost Mitchell E-M-C about  $10,000 to fix the fence and replace the wire damage.

 They plan to increase security patrols around the substations following this theft.

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