Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thousands Without Power In Cranberry Township after Massive Copper Theft; Metal thefts across country seemingly on the rise

Thousands of people are without power in Cranberry Township due to a copper wire theft.

According to First Energy, someone broke into a substation on Route 19 between Cranberry and Zelienople and stole all the copper ground wires.

The suspect had to get through a large fence with barbed wire to access the copper wire.

First Energy said it was an extremely dangerous theft, which has left 3,800 customers without power.

Service is not expected to be restored until late Wednesday.

Cranberry Township Police are investigating and are checking local hospitals for any burn patients. (Source)