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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Thieves target Gallatin, Saline power poles

  • Some enterprising and very destructive thieves have been on the hunt for copper wiring wherever they can get it in recent weeks, even if it means sawing down power lines.
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  • Some enterprising and very destructive thieves have been on the hunt for copper wiring wherever they can get it in recent weeks, even if it means sawing down power lines.
    Gallatin County Sheriff Shannon Bradley said he received the report Friday someone had cut down a power pole near a farmhouse on Trousdale Road west of Ridgway.
    Bradley said the pole has a value of about $500 and the labor involved in erecting and hooking it up is about another $500. He the copper wire thieves are taking likely amounts to $25 to $50.
    Saline County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating two copper wire thefts reported July 23 and July 24.
    Someone has been stealing copper wire from the Flanders Road area between Eldorado and Ridgway.
    Southeastern Illinois Electric Cooperative reported a copper wire theft. A co-op employee reported July 23 two power poles had been cut down and copper had been stolen from them in the Flanders Road area near some grain bins, according to a Saline County Sheriff’s report.
    Albert Flanders reported employees arrived Thursday, July 24 at his farm on Flanders Road — half a mile east Cottonwood Road — to find damage to a power meter and meter assembly, according to a Saline County Sheriff’s report.
    Copper wires had been cut and buildings on the property had been kicked in, though Flanders could find nothing else missing.
    Bradley said indications are the power line copper thefts are the work of the same individual with clean cuttings on the wire. He is afraid the reckless enterprise will result in an electrocution death.
    “Sooner or later it’s not going to be good for whoever’s doing this,” Bradley said.
    Anyone who sees suspicious activity around power poles may contact the Saline County Sheriff’s Office at 252-8661 or Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department at 269-3137.

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