germann

Portsmouth, OH

#1 May 14, 2011
Heard they caught the AEP copper thieves. Anyone heard names?
burgman

Portsmouth, OH

#2 May 14, 2011
prob. some 17 yr old on pills & thay wont release his name
the voice of reason

Elizabeth, NJ

#3 May 15, 2011
germann, I hope you are right, but if they were caught,I think we would have heard something about it by now. I just checked the major local news sources' websites.... so far, nothing about it on wsaz and nothing in the chillicothe gazette either. and these kinds of arrests are what media networks race to publish, because there were thousands of "victims" (who went w/o electric for hours, and would love to see someone pay for it).

and burgman,usually these type of thefts involve people much older than 17. you don't just break into a power station and, bingo, there's the copper! It takes someone with electrical experience just to keep from frying themselves. the fact that the power outage coincided with a strong storm tells me that this was well planned out. not a junkie looking for his next fix.
apparently

Portsmouth, OH

#4 May 16, 2011
There were three stations sabotaged at the same time during the storm. This was planned out & had to have multiple people involved. Definitely not done by a 17yr old pill head.I would think contractors or someone in the electrical field. I am curious if it's happened in other towns. If it had been in the news a lead might be produced. Most people think the storm knocked out the power.
report

Elizabeth, NJ

#5 May 19, 2011
there were some arrests made in scioto county for copper theft in the past week. but they didnt say whether or not if the one's caught actually hit any electric towers.
Why

Portsmouth, OH

#6 May 19, 2011
If they have arrested people for copper theft, why would they keep it so quiet?
report

Elizabeth, NJ

#7 May 19, 2011
it hasn't been quiet. it was posted on the daily times site two days ago. they only named one suspect but said several other were arrested too. search for "copper theft" on the times site and you'll see it.

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