Copper Theft Causes Power Outage

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A power outage caused trouble along one of Lexington's busiest road. Now, investigators say a copper thief may be to blame.

The power went out on Nicholasville Road just before five Wednesday morning. The outage stretched between Rojay Drive and northern Jessamine County.

Traffic lights were out, and power was lost to nearly 5,000 Kentucky Utilities customers.

KU Officials tell 27 NEWSFIRST someone tried to steal copper from the substation that powers the area.

The power was restored just before seven this morning.


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  • by KIM Location: DALTON on Mar 1, 2008 at 05:02 PM
    "Trash like that needs to be shot on the spot." ARE U FREKING SERIUOS U WOULD SHOOT SOMEONE FOR STEALING COPPER ARENT WE TAKING THIS A LIL OVER BOARD. AND WHO ARE U TO SAY THESE PEOPLE ARE "DRUGGIES" MAYBE THEY HAVE A FAMILE TO FEED OR SOMETHING SO QUICK TO JUDGE PEOPLE BUT NEXT TIME U JUDGE MAKE SURE YOUR HANDS ARE CLEAN FIRST THINK ABOUT IT.......
  • by 5-O Location: Ky on Oct 11, 2007 at 10:33 AM
    Steve, you're exactly right. I worked on a copper theft a few months ago. A scrapyard bought almost 200 ft. of copper wire still on the spools. No one can tell me that they didn't know it was stolen, but people higher than me decided they didn't know. They did ID'd the sellers(theives) and they were arrested. How many times had they bought it from these guys before and everyone got away with it?
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Oct 11, 2007 at 07:02 AM
    Steve, nost recyclers require that you submit your ID for any metal other than aluminum cans.
  • by Johnny Carson Location: The Great Beyond on Oct 11, 2007 at 06:35 AM
    I wonder if they were stealing and Copper Clappers? (Anybody else remember that one?)
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Oct 11, 2007 at 04:38 AM
    Start prosecuting the scrapyards for buying stolen materials. That will stop this crap. It's not hard to tell if it's stolen or not on some things, but they will buy it anyway. Prosecute them!!!
  • by Jason Location: Lexington, Ky on Oct 10, 2007 at 06:36 PM
    Reminds me of a "Sanford and Son" episode where a guy was ripping off copper in the Watts(South Central L.A.) area and then selling it for a quic buck. Fred and Lamont ended up buying the copper and eventually bought some that had been stolen from their own house. This thief is so pathetic it is hilarious!
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Oct 10, 2007 at 04:30 PM
    You'll never take me alive copper!
  • by Jerry Location: Lexington on Oct 10, 2007 at 03:22 PM
    Might not have gotten away with it after. Seems somebody showed up at the hospital with bad burns on their arm and face.
  • by Anne Location: Lexington on Oct 10, 2007 at 12:42 PM
    Is a "cadillac" converter anything like a catalytic converter????
  • by Al Location: London on Oct 10, 2007 at 11:06 AM
    Funny Mike. If I’m not mistaken it did happen a few months back when utility workers found tools of the theft trade and burnt spot but no body. I would have looked for the person with smoke coming from his ears at the local hospital. They will do anything to get money for crack. Very Sad!!!
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