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Police Searching for Copper Thieves Who Triggered Blackout

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BETHANY BEACH, Del.- Delaware State Police are looking for whoever stole copper grounding wires from two power substations, triggering an electrical outage that affected tens of thousands of customers in two states. 

The incident occurred at approximately 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, after troopers were called to respond to two Delmarva Power substations located on both the east and west sides of Kent Avenue, just south of Bethany Beach.

Troopers discovered that unknown suspects had scaled the fence of the substation located on the west side of the road, and once inside, cut the copper grounding wires to several poles as well as two large transformers.

The suspects then entered the substation located on the east side of the road in the same manner and also cut the grounding wires to several poles. The suspects then fled with 250 feet of copper wire valued at approximately $1,000. They also caused an estimated $100,000.00 in damage to the substations and left 30,000 customers from Bethany Beach to West Ocean City, Md. without power for a period of time.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have any information about this incident to contact the DSP Troop 4 Property Crimes Unit at (302) 856-5850. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword "DSP" plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

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