Thieves Steal $70,000 In Wiring From Duke Energy Power Poles

The cold weather didn’t slow down thieves from stealing thousands of dollars in wiring from Duke Energy.

Around 2:00am last Thursday, Duke Energy crews discovered copper wires had been cut from dozens of utility poles from the 1400 block to the 3800 block of Lassiter Road outside of Four Oaks.  Deputies and power crews located 9 different piles of copper that had been removed from the poles but had not been picked up by the thieves.

Around 3:30pm Monday, Duke Energy lineman, responding to a report of a low hanging line on Highway 210, discovered 8,000 feet of missing copper line near the intersection of Stancil Road.  Power crews believe the theft occurred between midnight and 3:00pm Monday.

Altogether the stolen copper had a value of $70,000.

No arrests have been made but the case has been assigned to detectives with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.