A $10,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever has been responsible for stealing or buying stolen copper and aluminum from Duquesne Light substations.
“These thefts threaten the safety of our workers, which is unacceptable,” said Joe Vallarian, spokesperson for Duquesne Light, in a statement. “Taking these materials also can cause interruptions in our customers’ electrical service, as well as threatening the lives of the thieves themselves. A substation is a very dangerous place to attempt to remove copper or aluminum.”
According to news reports, over the weekend, a man was found in a New Brighton substation, possibly electrocuted. A bag with pieces of copper and aluminum were found nearby.
Whenever the price of copper and aluminum rise, thefts of those materials also increase.