BROOKINGS – Copper thieves cut through a chain link fence to get to an electric substation northeast of Brookings where they stole wire valued at approximately $2,000, according to the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.
The theft was discovered and reported Thursday, said Sgt. Jon Pike, but it’s believed that it occurred sometime within the past three weeks.
The owner of the substation, Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), said the thieves got about 150 feet of 4/0 copper wire, 1/2 inch in diameter. The wire, already cut, is used to ground electrical equipment.
Pike said the WAPA substation is located in rural Brookings County at 48338 207th St.
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