Officials offer $5,000 reward to find Eastern Kentucky copper thief

KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT)- Officials with Kentucky Power say a substation in Knott County has recently been a target for copper theft.

They say on Tuesday thieves broke into the Beckham Substation in Knott County and stole 900 feet of copper wiring directly from the spool that was left over from a construction site.

Kentucky Power says they have been the recent target for break-ins. They say it almost impossible to locate the thieves because of how remote the substations are.

“Anytime you go into a substation, you're dealing with high voltage lines,” said Everett Phillips, Kentucky Power’s managing director distribution region operations. “Stealing copper is extremely dangerous and a foolish thing to do. The theft causes damage to Kentucky Power property, creates hazards for customers and employees, and puts people at risk for fatalities and injuries for minimal gain.”

Phillips says they are now offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

“Kentucky Power pursues legal action against all copper theft and vandalism,” Phillips said. “We also offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to prosecution. Suspicious activity can be reported to local law enforcement or by calling 1-866-747-5845.”

Kentucky Power, based in Ashland, serves about 168,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties.

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