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Reward: Up to $5,000 for info on copper thefts

by on September 18, 2012

Theft of copper conductor is on the rise across our Marietta service territory. The thefts have caused fluctuations in voltage and extended power outages for several large industrial plants, costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost production and product

“When someone steals copper, we have to take the facilities off-line right away to make repairs,” explained Keith Page, AEP Ohio supervisor-distribution services for the Marietta area. “It’s a big inconvenience for everyone whether they’re working in a large plant or office, or at home. It’s a safety hazard for our line mechanics and support personnel.”

People have been killed and seriously injured trying to steal copper.

We offer a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone with information resulting in the arrest and conviction of anyone stealing or vandalizing company equipment. Call 1-866-747-5845 or local law enforcement to report an incident.

“‘We’ve been replacing copper conductor with copper-clad wire since 2008. It’s hard to cut and it’s worth nothing at the scrap yard,” Keith said. “Whatever financial gains they make, it’s not worth the risk for thieves.”

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