Police Searching for Copper Thieves Who Triggered Blackout - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Police Searching for Copper Thieves Who Triggered Blackout

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Woman Killed in Kent County Crash

    Woman Killed in Kent County Crash

    10/16/2017 07:05:00 -04:002017-10-16 11:05:00 GMT
    Monday, October 16 2017 11:44 AM EDT2017-10-16 15:44:11 GMT
    Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash that happened Monday on SR1 in Little Heaven.More
    Delaware State Police say a woman died in a two-car crash that occurred Monday morning on SR1 in Kent County.More
  • Judge Won't Reconsider Dismissal of Lawsuit Over Prison Loaf

    Judge Won't Reconsider Dismissal of Lawsuit Over Prison Loaf

    10/16/2017 07:58:00 -04:002017-10-16 11:58:00 GMT
    Monday, October 16 2017 7:58 AM EDT2017-10-16 11:58:23 GMT
    In this Oct. 26, 2016, photo, a partially eaten nutraloaf sits on a napkin in a visitation room during an Associated Press interview with inmate Kevin Dickens at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)In this Oct. 26, 2016, photo, a partially eaten nutraloaf sits on a napkin in a visitation room during an Associated Press interview with inmate Kevin Dickens at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)
    A federal judge has refused to consider a ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by a Delaware inmate over his treatment in prison, including repeatedly being fed an unpalatable food loaf given to unruly inmates.More
    A federal judge has refused to consider a ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by a Delaware inmate over his treatment in prison, including repeatedly being fed an unpalatable food loaf given to unruly inmates.More
  • Cambridge Man Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case

    Cambridge Man Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case

    10/16/2017 13:19:00 -04:002017-10-16 17:19:00 GMT
    Monday, October 16 2017 1:38 PM EDT2017-10-16 17:38:42 GMT
    Timothy Scott MoxeyTimothy Scott Moxey
    A Cambridge, Md. man convicted of sexually abusing a minor over the course of several years has been sentenced to 55 years behind bars, with all but 28 of those years suspended.More
    A Cambridge, Md. man convicted of sexually abusing a minor over the course of several years has been sentenced to 55 years behind bars, with all but 28 of those years suspended.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Two Injured in Dover Nightclub Shooting

    Two Injured in Dover Nightclub Shooting

    Two people were injured in a shooting in the parking lot of a Dover nightclub. Dover police say officers were called to the Allure Night Club early Sunday morning for reports of several shots fired.

    More

    Two people were injured in a shooting in the parking lot of a Dover nightclub. Dover police say officers were called to the Allure Night Club early Sunday morning for reports of several shots fired.

    More
  • Delaware Park Closed Due to Illegal Activity

    Delaware Park Closed Due to Illegal Activity

    The Delaware State Forest Service has closed a parking lot and pavilion of the Redden State Forest after years of drug deals and lewd conduct.  

    More

    The Delaware State Forest Service has closed a parking lot and pavilion of the Redden State Forest after years of drug deals and lewd conduct.  

    More
  • Hallwood Town Records Lost in Car Fire

    Hallwood Town Records Lost in Car Fire

    Hallwood's town records were burnt in the town clerks car during a fire Saturday night.

    Virginia State Police confirm a car was on fire on Wessells Farm Rd. in Hallwood Saturday night. That car was owned by Town Clerk, Angela Taylor.

    Previous to the fire Taylor was being ordered to surrender all of the towns documents for an audit they were going to undergo this Tuesday, October 11th.

    More

    Hallwood's town records were burnt in the town clerks car during a fire Saturday night.

    Virginia State Police confirm a car was on fire on Wessells Farm Rd. in Hallwood Saturday night. That car was owned by Town Clerk, Angela Taylor.

    Previous to the fire Taylor was being ordered to surrender all of the towns documents for an audit they were going to undergo this Tuesday, October 11th.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices