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Copper theft attempts turn deadly

The Crime Scene has reported on several area copper thefts in recent weeks and months from downspouts and air conditioners.

Another bust charged a man with plans to take copper cables from a company's lot.

Now a power company says copper thieves are ignoring the risks of stealing wire from live power lines, a mistake that can be deadly.

Four people have been killed so far this year in American Electric Power's service areas while attempting to steal copper wire. Two deaths occurred in West Virginia, one in Ohio and one in Virginia.

The most recent death occurred Monday in Boone County, W. Va.

AEP spokesman Phil Moye says several other people have been injured.

Moye says thieves are using trucks to pull wire from the lines, climbing equipment, tree stands or climbing spikes such as those used by linemen.

Moye says copper thefts cost AEP about $1 million annually.

-- Charleston Daily Mail, Post staff reports

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 8, 2010; 8:32 AM ET
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I gotta say...if you are really that dumb (par for the course in Boone WVA) to try to take copper wire off a live power line, then you wholeheartedly deserve whats coming to you.

Beautiful example of Darwinism in action.

Posted by: Nosh1 | July 8, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Boone County? Was the victim's name Jesco White?

Posted by: abiddlecomb | July 8, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

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