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Copper wire stolen from utility trucks helping to restore power after storm

October 30, 2012

An electric utility company that helped local electrical crews deal with the damage from what had been Hurricane Sandy reported that copper wire was stolen off their trucks while they were parked near Railway Lane, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Pike Electric had five trucks parked at the Ramada Plaza Sunday night, said Lt. Tom Newton.

Pike Electric crews reported Monday morning that wire had been stolen from trucks parked at the motel, Newton said.

Newton said he did not know how much wire was stolen “but it was a bunch. That’s what they got for their thanks,” Newton said.

About 100 Pike Electric workers, including 85 linemen from Indiana and Ohio, came to Washington County to help with storm damage, according to FirstEnergy spokesman Todd Meyers.

The Pike crews had been in Florida and the Carolinas, Meyers said.

— Dave McMillion

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