PPL announces reward for info on copper thieves

Posted: 1:47 PM EDT Sep 12, 2013
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PPl Electric Utilities is shining a harsh light on metal thieves.

The company announced Thursday that it is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone stealing copper wire or other materials from PPL locations.

This includes substations, service centers and even power lines.

“We’re starting this reward program to help stop copper thefts from substations, service centers, even existing power lines,” said David Bonenberger, vice president of Distribution Operations for PPL.

“Repair costs certainly are a factor, but ultimately, this is about safety. No one except qualified personnel wearing the appropriate protective equipment should be inside substations or be in contact with any of our facilities,” he added.

PPL is offering a reward of up to $1,000.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity around PPL facilities is asked to call their local police department.

PPL officials said they are also reaching out to salvage and scrap dealers throughout its 29-county service area in central and eastern Pennsylvania and beyond.

As part of its anti-theft efforts, the utility will ask the dealers to display PPL reward posters in their businesses.