Copper thieves cause big blackout near Wilmington

    They cut copper lines at a sub-station and knocked out power for thousands.

    Two thieves knocked out power for hundreds of Delmarva Power customers Friday by stealing about 100 feet of copper wire from the power sub-station on Newport Gap Pike.  It’s the second such theft from the sub-station this month.  Delaware State Police say the first incident happened on August 7.

    The suspects cut a hole in a fence that surrounds electric transformers.  By cutting the copper wire, the thieves cut power for more than 2,000 power customers, and took a number of traffic lights off-line.  The value of the copper wire that was stolen is estimated at $300.

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