Copper theft cuts power to 2,600 in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 20 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 14, 2011, titled Copper theft cuts power to 2,600 in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

An electric company says hundreds of customers in eastern Ohio lost power after copper wire was stolen from a substation.

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Since: Mar 11

Reynoldsburg, OH

#1 Jun 14, 2011
Too bad that they did not cut the hot ones! I would love to see these people fry........
Columbus Poster

Hilliard, OH

#2 Jun 14, 2011
GlittersisGold wrote:
Too bad that they did not cut the hot ones! I would love to see these people fry........
I was thinking the same thing!
Shark

Powell, OH

#3 Jun 14, 2011
You took my comment, too!
Mike

Columbus, OH

#4 Jun 14, 2011
I grew up near that area... that whole valley has a terrible prescription drug problem. I'll bet the money from the copper is going to buy a few pills. Unfortunate.
Feel the Power

Hilliard, OH

#5 Jun 14, 2011
Yep, nothing better than crispy fried meth addicts.
You Fail

Columbus, OH

#6 Jun 14, 2011
GlittersisGold wrote:
Too bad that they did not cut the hot ones! I would love to see these people fry........
These people should at least be charged with felonious assault as well as felony theft.
Felonious assault should be charged for the attempt to cause physical harm to another by means of dangerous ordnance. During the course of committing a felony, the thief could cause harm to those who depend on the electricity to run medical equipment causing those users to suffer physically.
Normal outages by electric companies are due to acts of nature or equipment failure and not caused during the act of a crime. Although, sometimes our electric bills do seem criminal! Hahaha
Earl Brews

Carlsbad, CA

#7 Jun 14, 2011
Come on, God. Jolt the dolt.
bob

Columbus, OH

#8 Jun 14, 2011
$40 scrap value of copper easily means thousands of dollars in repair cost and can result in millions of dollars in damages if it causes a failure. You pay for it in your electric rates. The punishment needs to fit the crime, but that alone won't stop the problem.
Tim

Columbus, OH

#9 Jun 14, 2011
Wich the article would have said how they were able to get in and cut the wire without getting fried and what they are going to do to stop it from happening.
SICK OF SUSPECT BLACKMALE

Chicago, IL

#10 Jun 14, 2011
Doesn't matter what they are charged with. LAZY, SLEAZY PROSECUTORS would cut a plea bargain and they'd maybe spend a few months in county jail
mycroft6

Somerset, KY

#11 Jun 14, 2011
Find these people tar and feather them then hang them. They are putting peoples lives at risk because they are thieves.
what_huh

Columbus, OH

#12 Jun 14, 2011
this is just another indicator of just how low our economy TRULY is. Forget the government's "news" on the economy...

we have people stealing copper from LIVE power stations causing blackouts.

We have "flash mobs" of "angy youth" invading and robbing stores

we have riots, fights, and assaults on almost a DAILY basis at fast food joints

we have "angry mobs" of people scaling and invading water parks b/c it is full to capacity and they aren't allowed in.

this sh*t didnt happen four years ago. what's changed?
quiet riot

Columbus, OH

#13 Jun 14, 2011
Aep out to put a sign that says touch this you maybe shocked. and maybe put an electrical fence or cameras.
Just thinking

Dublin, OH

#14 Jun 14, 2011
Stealing copper from air conditioners has definitely gotten out of hand. There needs to be stiff consequences for the places that it is being sold to. If that source dries up then there would be no reason to steal the copper. Last week I know of two funeral homes, three cubs/bars and a church that had to operate in the blazing heat until they could get a service/installation appointment. It was terrible having to grieve at a service in all that heat because of sick demented people who find it okay to steal...
duh

Columbus, OH

#15 Jun 14, 2011
what_huh wrote:
this is just another indicator of just how low our economy TRULY is. Forget the government's "news" on the economy...
we have people stealing copper from LIVE power stations causing blackouts.
We have "flash mobs" of "angy youth" invading and robbing stores
we have riots, fights, and assaults on almost a DAILY basis at fast food joints
we have "angry mobs" of people scaling and invading water parks b/c it is full to capacity and they aren't allowed in.
this **** didnt happen four years ago. what's changed?
Yeah, there are a lot more mexicans flooding in than before.

“Blah Blah Blah”

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#16 Jun 14, 2011
what_huh wrote:
this is just another indicator of just how low our economy TRULY is. Forget the government's "news" on the economy...
we have people stealing copper from LIVE power stations causing blackouts.
We have "flash mobs" of "angy youth" invading and robbing stores
we have riots, fights, and assaults on almost a DAILY basis at fast food joints
we have "angry mobs" of people scaling and invading water parks b/c it is full to capacity and they aren't allowed in.
this **** didnt happen four years ago. what's changed?
If you think this didn't happen four years ago, you should have put down your crack pipe way before now.

These people who steal copper for their drug habbits were not working in the first place.

and perhaps the ignorant folks fighting at fast food restaurants and rioting about overfilled swimming pools would have made the news had the media wasn't constantly trying to tar and feather G Bush and elect Obama.
You Fail

Columbus, OH

#17 Jun 14, 2011
Due to the possible dire consequences to others, maybe AEP should get special permission from the government to allow police sharpshooters to practice picking off these people soon as the cross AEP's fence line.

Good practice to build skill and patience for sharpshooters.
Tim

Delaware, OH

#18 Jun 14, 2011
I wish more of these criminals would fry in their attempts to steal this stuff. Maybe if enough of them cook, they would stop.

“American gvt is in the bag”

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#19 Jun 14, 2011
Somewhere, some scrap dealer paid him for the wire. They're supposed to ID people and log in the material, unless they're unscrupulous.
Ride the lightning

Delaware, OH

#20 Jun 14, 2011
Usually,copper thefts are self punishing crimes because the thief usually gets fried when cutting the copper lines. This guy just got lucky.

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