Stop copper thief from killing himself

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Twice in two days, a Duke Energy sub-station was broken into with copper wire stolen.

Police not only want to stop the thief-- they want to stop him from killing himself.

There is a Duke Energy sub-station that supplies power to SouthPark, tucked away Phillips place. It's hard to find, but not for one crook.

He's captured on the deer cam cutting a hole in the chain link fence at 3:00 in the afternoon. The surveillance shows him cutting copper grounding wires in broad daylight.

"You've gotta know what to touch and what not to touch," said CMPD Detective Marty Cuthbertson. "Because if you touch the wrong thing, you could easily be fried and easily killed out there."

Despite the danger, once wasn't enough for this guy. 37 hours later, he came back, at 4:15 in the morning. He was partially hidden from camera view, but it's the same story-- cutting copper grounding wires-- putting himself and others at high risk.

"Once you start destroying lines inside that place, even though you know what to do, but the person coming out here servicing this could touch the wrong wires, not knowing they've been cut."

CMPD wants to remind you breaking into a sub-station is a crime and so is stealing copper wire. So, can you help save someone's life by turning this crook in? Call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and you won't have to leave your name.

Crime doesn't pay but Crime Stoppers does.

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