Copper thieves stealing power lines in Ky. - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Copper thieves stealing power lines in Ky.

Posted: Updated:

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) - Police in eastern Kentucky say copper thieves have been cutting power lines and creating an electrocution risk for themselves and anyone walking near the poles.

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said the thieves have taken neutral conductor and ground wires in Little Cowan, Thornton and other areas in the county. Webb also warned that scrap metal dealers believed to be buying the stolen copper will be investigated.

Webb said representatives with Kentucky Power, a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power, have records of power lines being cut as far back as November.

Kentucky Power spokesman Ronn Robinson says cutting the lines can lead to outages and replacing the lines can eventually cause rate increases.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.