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July 26, 2013

Thieves steal copper from NH substations

MANCHESTER (AP) — Manchester police say thieves who made off with copper ground wires at four electric utility substations are lucky they didn’t get electrocuted.

Police responded yesterday to four PSNH substations where copper ground wires had been cut from transformers. Police say the stolen wiring isn’t worth much, but repair costs will be high.

They also note there was a high risk of electrocution, along with service interruptions.

Authorities believe the thefts occurred over the last few days.

Police are investigating whether similar wiring found at a local scrap yard is related to the thefts. And they are looking for a man seen cutting copper wire from a telephone pole.

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