Craighead Electric Offers Reward
Craighead Electric Offers Copper Theft Reward
Jonesboro, Ark. — July 30, 2012 — With the price of copper continuing to rise, it may at first glance appear to be an alluring target for thieves. Would be thieves might be better served thinking twice, however, considering the fatal dangers which surround those involved in stealing copper.
“Stealing material from utility poles or electric substations can cause serious injuries or death,” says Brian Duncan, CEO of Craighead Electric. “People who think stealing electric wire is a quick way to earn some money should think again. The value of metal is not worth losing a life.”
“The minimum damage that can occur is an outage, which could possibly affect thousands of individuals,” says Duncan. “Extensive outages, fires and explosions are consequences that impact innocent people. Death and the damages that result from stealing copper are completely unnecessary. People must be aware of this kind of theft and that tampering with electric power facilities can result in extremely dangerous situations for the public and worker.”
Replacing the copper wire will cost Craighead Electric a substantial amount of money. “We want to find this individual or individuals,” says Duncan. “Craighead Electric is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in the theft of copper wire from Craighead Electric’s facilities and structures.”
Craighead Electric has invested millions of dollars to make the distribution system as reliable and safe as possible, and with the theft of copper puts it in jeopardy. Without the proper grounding, equipment on the power line may not work properly, which affects the reliability and quality of power going into your home or business.
If you see any suspicious activities, please call the Cooperative(800-794-5012) or your local law enforcement agency. When these individuals are caught, we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation is based in Jonesboro with district offices in Paragould and Walnut Ridge. The Cooperative serves approximately 28,000 members in a seven county service territory. Founded in 1937, Craighead Electric Cooperative has 100 employees and maintains more than 4,700 miles of distribution power lines.