Police: Kentucky Man Electrocuted During Copper Theft

VULCAN, W.Va. (AP) - A Kentucky man has been electrocuted while apparently trying to steal copper wire from atop a Mingo County utility pole.

Greg Blankenship, 27, of Majestic, Ky., was pronounced dead at the scene of Wednesday's accident in Vulcan.

Blankenship was wearing gloves and had a small pair of bolt cutters with him, State Police Sgt. J.C. Dotson said Thursday.

"Apparently when he went to cut the wire, he got a shock and it knocked him off the pole," Dotson said.

A man at the scene told officers he'd dropped Blankenship off at the utility pole and then went fishing at a nearby fishing hole, said the sergeant. The man said he heard a pop around 6 p.m., went to investigate and found Blankenship on the ground - about 30 feet from the pole, Dotson said.

Blankenship's body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Charleston for an autopsy.

At least three men were electrocuted in West Virginia last year during the alleged theft of copper wire. Those incidents occurred in Mason, Boone and Wyoming counties.

Information from: WSAZ-TV, http://www.wsaz.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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