Copper thefts in Amherst, Maccan

Christopher Gooding
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MACCAN – Copper thieves in Amherst and Maccan has Nova Scotia Power reminding the public the risk is not worth the reward.

Sometime over the Thanksgiving weekend the perpetrator, or perpetrators, gained access to the substation through a fence. Once inside they stole copper, transmission switches and cut ground wires, making it possibly the ninth theft from a NSP substation this year.

The tenth would have taken place this weekend in Amherst.

Amherst Police issued a press release this week, reporting a substantial amount of copper was stolen from Nova Scotia Power’s compound at the intersection of Church Street and Robert Angus Drive on Friday, Oct. 18. The wire was laid out in a grid pattern to be buried at the substation. Culprits cut a hole in the South wall of the fence, cut up and removed the copper wire from the compound.

The theft of copper wire is one thing, NSP spokesperson Neeva Ritcey says, but cutting ground wires is a recipe for disaster.

“Grounding is the protection system,” Ritcey said. “That’s when the electricity channels to the ground in the event something happened.”

Theft from substation is a threat to personal safety to employees who have to fix the damage and to the thieves, too, Ritcey said.

Not too mention the cost of replacing the lost goods.

“We have to pay to replace the materials, the labour, and there’s liability issues,” Ritcey said. “Fortunately there was no outages… at the end of the day there is a cost our customers have to bear.”

Amherst Police are requesting anyone with any information concerning this crime, or anyone who may have observed anything suspicious at that location to contact Police at (902) 667-8600. Anyone with information regarding the Maccan theft can contact RCMP at (902) 667-3859.

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