Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Power station copper theft cuts electricity for more than 6,000

SPRING HILL — Thieves stole enough copper from a Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative substation Wednesday to knock out power to more than 6,000 customers.

Withlacoochee spokesman David Lambert said the copper was in use in the grounding grid at the company's Heritage Pines substation off East Road, near the Pasco-Hernando line.

Lambert didn't know the quantity of copper stolen or the dollar amount of the damage to the substation but said it was significant. He said 6,333 customers were without power for about an hour.

Copper thieves, he said, "literally risk life and limb stealing it."

"When people steal grounds and things like that, one, it costs members of the co-op money, but two, you can be killed. It's very dangerous to mess with electric lines," Lambert said.

Power station copper theft cuts electricity for more than 6,000 08/12/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 12, 2011 6:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Forecast: Soggy, yet hot, workweek ahead across Tampa Bay


    A soggy workweek is ahead across Tampa Bay as decent chances for scattered storms remain consistent over the next several days.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  2. Travel ban, Kennedy retirement speculation the focus as Supreme Court prepares for break


    WASHINGTON — Before taking their long summer break, the Supreme Court justices are poised to act on the Trump administration's travel ban and a separation of church and state dispute involving a Missouri church playground.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy, shown in 2007, has given no public sign that he would step down this year and give President Donald Trump his second high court pick in the first months of his administration. Kennedy's departure would allow conservatives to take firm control of the court. [Associated Press]
  3. Florida education news: Guns, charter schools, drug education and more


    HOSTILE WORK PLACE: A legal review determines that while a University of South Florida technology center former director might have been boorish and hostile, …

  4. Fire crews battle blaze at apartment complex near Seminole Heights


    Fire crews are battling a blaze that broke out early Monday morning at an apartment complex near Seminole Heights, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

  5. PolitiFact Florida: Claim that 5.7 million noncitizens voted is wrong

    State Roundup

    President Donald Trump's unfounded allegations that millions voted illegally in 2016 is back in the news, with his supporters pointing to a new analysis that claims millions of undocumented immigrants voted in 2008.

    Instances of noncitizens voting have been reported, but evidence points to a small number among millions of votes cast.