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Power sub-station hit by copper thief

June 18, 2008

Dougherty County -- A Copper wire thief risked his life to steal a couple of hundred dollars worth of metal. The bold thief could have been electrocuted stealing wire from a power sub-station in Dougherty County.

Someone cut a hole in the fence around the power sub-station on South U.S. 19 and stole ground wire that attaches the power structures to the fence as a lightning rod.

The sub-station is owned by Municipal Electrical Authority of Georgia, but is serviced by Albany Water Gas and Light.

Only a couple of feet of the wire, worth about $200 was stolen. But W.G.and L. officials say the thief was lucky he was not killed. W.G.L. Assistant G.M. for Operations Keith Goodin said "The way the ground systems are, they can be subject to having primary voltage on them. If certain factors are present. And in our case that would be 7200 volts. In a sub-station it could be much more."

W.G.and L. says it will cost about $500 to repair the damage done by the copper wire thief.

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