copper theft

Crime and Courts
10:59 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Thieves Strip Copper From Former Dillons

Wichita police say thieves have stripped $100,000 worth of copper wire and piping from a former Dillons in southeast Wichita.

Police say the theft was discovered Tuesday at a now-closed Dillons store near Harry and Oliver.

Capt. Doug Nolte says damages to the building will likely cost more than the copper. He says the thieves cut holes throughout the building.

Nolte added they appeared to be working inside it for a long period of time. Police are working with evidence found at the scene to track down the thieves.

Business
7:31 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Copper Theft Up; Westar Says Customers Will Pay for Replacements

Credit Westar Energy's Facebook page

Westar Energy officials who are dealing with $200,000 in damage at a substation over the weekend say thieves also hit two other substations.

The utility discovered damage Monday at substations near Valley Center and in Wichita.  Westar Manager Doug VenJohn says thieves have hit 31 substations just in April. There were only 15 similar thefts in all of 2012.

Westar crews were at six different substations Monday to make repairs related to copper thefts. The company will replace the stolen copper with materials that have no scrap value.

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Crime
6:56 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Copper Thieves Got Away, But Are Likely Injured

Kansas utility company officials say someone who caused a power outage and more than $150,000 in damage at a substation could possibly be seriously injured.

Westar crews went to check on a Wichita substation at 5:45 a.m. Saturday found grounding cables and copper wire missing and noticed the chain link fence was cut.

Westar says whoever broke into the substation was messing with dangerous materials and probably was severely injured when the transformer shorted out. They could possibly be blind, deaf and seriously burned.