Copper theft attempts turn deadly
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
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July 8, 2010; 8:32 AM ET
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