(Greenfield) Someone is cutting copper wire and stealing it off Farmers Electric Cooperative power poles in the Wiota and Anita substation areas.
Officials say this can be dangerous for the public because if a hot wire were to break, there may not be a low resistance path to the ground, which is needed to operate the protective equipment.
Officials say it will cost thousands of dollars in labor, material and truck time to make necessary repairs. Crews plan to replace the copper wire with steel wire, which should have no value to copper thieves.
Farmer’s Cooperative Officials are asking the public to watch of any strangers hanging out near the poles or other suspicious activity that might indicate that someone is trying to steal copper pole ground wire.
If you see or hear anything suspicious, please call the Cass County Sheriff at 712-243-2206.
August 18, 2011