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Man Charged for Copper Theft That Lead to Friend’s Electrocution

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

RAEFORD, NC – A man is accused of lying to Hoke County lawmen about being with a friend who was electrocuted in August as the two tried to steal copper from a power substation.

Jonathan Tyler Overton, 20, of the 9300 block of Calloway Road in Aberdeen, was charged Tuesday with damaging wires and other fixtures of a telephone, telegraph or electric power company and obstructing justice by filing a false police report, larceny and possessing stolen property.

The incident happened Aug. 14, according to a release from the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office.

William Joshua Reavis, 23, of the 9400 block of Calloway Road in Aberdeen, was found dead at a Lumbee River Electric Membership Corp. substation on North Horace Walters Road, Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said.

At the time, investigators suspected that Reavis was electrocuted while trying to steal copper wire, Peterkin said.

Investigators found that a lock and chain on the high fence around the business had been cut, Peterkin said.

They also said they believed someone else was involved, Peterkin said.

Overton was at the substation when lawmen arrived, Peterkin said, but denied having anything to do with the theft of copper.

Overton later admitted that after Reavis was electrocuted, he removed the copper wiring and cutters that were inside the fence and hid them in tall grass where they were later found, Peterkin said.

Overton’s bail was set at $25,000.

Story via FayObserver.com

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Suspected Copper Wire Thief Found Dead at Substation

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Bernama, Malaysia – The body of a 30-year-old man believed to be a drug addict was found lying at a TNB sub-station in Jalan Pelabuhan here yesterday.

Found beside the man were a spanner and an iron cutter and police believe he was about to steal copper cables when he was electrocuted.

An officer from the state criminal investigation department ASP Noor Asyikin Shamsuri said the body dressed in a blue shirt and jeans was discovered by a TNB worker at 4.30pm.

Investigations showed the man who lived with his elder brother, left the house three days ago, and had been arrested several times earlier.

Story via Bernama.com

KY Man Injured Trying to Steal Copper from Electric Substation

November 1, 2010 1 comment

KENTUCKY – Some Jackson Energy customers say the power going out isn’t out of the ordinary.

“No, we got electric problems here pretty often. It goes off all the time,” said Kenneth Smith.

Smith says he had to make due for several hours, delaying sleep, until around midnight.

“I got a sleep machine I have to use to sleep with and I had to stay up till the electric got back on and that was about 11:30 last night,” said Smith.

When Jackson Energy technicians arrived at a substation to fix the problem, they found a man on the ground nearby.

That man, 28-year-old Donald Shuler, was allegedly trying to steal copper wire from the substation when he was electrocuted.

“It’s extremely dangerous unless you’re with a trained individual. So we caution everybody, do not do that. And certainly don’t mess with the equipment that’s in a substation because if you do you’re risking serious injury or even death,” said East Kentucky Power spokesperson Nick Comer.

Police say Shuler suffered burns over thirty percent of his body and has a broken arm. Investigators say his injuries are not life-threatening at last check, he is in critical condition at UK Hospital.

Story via WKYT.com