• La Plata Electric Association warns of copper thieves


    Bayfield business hit sometime Sunday night

    La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) is asking businesses and residents in its service territory to be on the alert for potential copper thieves. A Bayfield business, BC Fabrication, was vandalized during the overnight hours, Jan. 20, 2013, with approximately 20 ft. of copper taken.

    “The thieves cut into the live conduit, and it burned up part of the equipment, but that didn’t stop them. They were determined to get the wires,” said Steve Gregg, LPEA manager of operations. “With people struggling for cash these days, we’ve heard about copper theft occurring all across the country, but we hadn’t seen it in our service territory. Now we have.”

    Gregg notes that all utility trucks are well marked and the workers will have identification. Community members are urged to call 9-1-1 if they note any suspicious activity around utility boxes.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with nearly 41,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.

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