Utility company raises stakes to catch copper thieves

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Monday, September 29, 2008

DETROIT--Detroit Edison, an electric utility company serving Southeast Michigan, announced on Sept. 29 it has more than doubled the monetary reward for information leading to the arrest of copper thieves and individuals buying stolen copper.
The company will now pay $2,500, up from $1,000, for information pertaining to copper thefts and $5,000, up from $2,500, for information leading to the arrest of individuals purchasing stolen copper.
Last year, Detroit Edison had nearly 250 incidents of copper theft from power lines and equipment, according to a company statement. "We have to put a stop to copper thievery," said Michael Lynch, DTE Energy chief security officer, in a prepared statement. "This is a dangerous activity for the people stealing copper, but also for the people affected by power outages caused by copper theft. As recently as last week we had 4,000 feet of power lines stolen from one location alone."

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