COLUMBUS- The price of copper has been inching up slightly in 2017, and so have copper thefts.
Copper theft is especially harmful because of the safety risks it creates when taken from electric utility property, such as substations and power poles. In the past week, Nebraska Public Power District has seen a significant jump in thefts of copper from its locked substations. Individuals have entered several substations illegally and have taken grounds.
NPPD urges anyone who may see suspicious activity at electric substations to contact their local law enforcement agency with a description of the individuals and vehicles involved.