Whatcom Co. sheriff: Thieves stealing live wires
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Whatcom Co. sheriff: Thieves stealing live wires

Bellingham : WA : USA | Aug 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM PDT
Source: Associated Press
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The Whatcom County Sheriff's office says it's been seeing a rise in thieves using a lift or bucket truck to cut electrical wire from live circuits on power poles. News reports ( http://is.gd/XdhZvg ) that so far $100,000 worth of copper wire has been stolen. Undersheriff Jeff Parks says the practice not only endangers the thieves but the public as well, especially in cases where live lines are left dangling...Puget Sound Energy reports the thefts began in Whatcom County about two months ago. Parks says it appears the suspects are using lift equipment or possibly a "bucket truck" to access live power lines, cutting whole spans of lines between power poles to steal the valuable metal they are made of.

 
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