EPHRATA, Wash. -- An apparent metal theft caused a power outage in Grant County recently, according to the sheriff’s office.
Customers in northern Grant County experienced a power outage last weekend. Deputies say it appears metal theft from electrical equipment is to blame.
This kind of theft is both illegal and dangerous. The Public Utilities District and the sheriff’s office advise it can even lead to death for not only the thief, but also the crews repairing the issue.
Anyone who sees suspicious activity near electric facilities is asked to call the police.
Deputies say citizens should look for:
• Missing sections of power lines or ground wires
• Dangling strands of power lines in the air or lying on the ground
• Missing or misaligned covers to underground vaults
• Cut fences or locks near electric substations
• Holes dug underneath security fences
• Suspicious or unauthorized persons near electric equipment (i.e. substations, power poles, transformers etc.)