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Would-be copper thieves take chainsaw to live power pole

Feb 17 2012

Would-be copper thieves took a chainsaw to a live power pole in Errington, in a dangerous attempt to steal the wire.

Around 10:30 a.m., Oceanside RCMP were called about a downed power pole at the end of Dunn Road.

Officers realized the pole, on private property in an abandoned lot, had been cut down with a chainsaw by people trying to get at the copper wire and other metals.

Nothing was stolen because the thieves likely would have shocked themselves on the live wires, RCMP said.

This resulted in a nearby trailer park losing power but Hydro crews were able to quickly get the lights back on.

There was a rash of copper thefts from underground lines in late December and early January but police have not reported any thefts so far this month. No one was caught for the thefts, which cost B.C. Hydro almost $100,000.

Oceanside RCMP said anyone with information on the incident should call them at 250-248-6111, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).