SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 17, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Rocky Mountain Power is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons who stole copper at a substation in La Sal, Utah.
According to a news release from the power company, the theft occurred Dec. 28 and caused nearly a thousand residents in the La Sal and Moab area to lose power for more than four hours.
“People who try to steal copper from high voltage equipment put themselves and others in danger,” said Joseph Krempasky, Rocky Mountain Power Substations Manager. “The damage is expensive to repair, and it is extremely problematic for those who lose their power in the middle of the winter.”
Someone cut through a fence and removed approximately 100 feet of copper wiring at the substation. Crews had to shut down the substation to prevent more damage, repair equipment and to avoid the risk of being injured.
The repairs also put additional cost pressures on Rocky Mountain Power as it works to minimize any future rate increases.
Anyone who sees any suspicious activity around power lines or electric equipment should not approach or confront the individuals, but should dial 911 and report the activity.
If anyone has knowledge of the La Sal incident, they are asked to call the San Juan Sheriff’s Office at 435-587-2237.