Secret Witness is offering a $1,500 reward for information about who's responsible for damaging power poles and stealing copper wire from electric transmission lines west of Reno.
Sierra Pacific Power Company says the latest theft involves a
60-thousand volt power line along the Truckee River corridor
between Verdi and Truckee, California.
Authorities warn that stripping wire from power lines is
dangerous and potentially deadly.
Sierra Pacific says about 50 power poles have been destroyed by
thieves in the past few months.
Around the country, authorities say thieves are targeting metal
and especially copper because of the rising cost of scrap metal.