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AEP offers reward after copper thieves cause outage in Moundsville, police investigating
Reported by: Associated Press
Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:19 AM EDT
Moundsville police are looking for copper thieves who caused a power outage affecting about 3,000 American Electric Power customers.
Media outlets report that the thieves broke into a substation on Tuesday morning and tripped a circuit breaker while stealing copper wire.
A control house also was broken into and additional equipment was damaged.
Power was restored in about two hours.
AEP spokeswoman Carmen Pratti-Miller says the company hasn't determined the extent of the damage.