Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thief cuts into a power line at a utility substation

danger Alton, Illinois - Authorities in southwestern Illinois say a suspected copper thief was severely burned when he allegedly cut into a power line at a utility substation. Investigators identified the suspect only as a 30-year-old Alton man. Madison County authorities believe he was trying to steal copper from the Ameren substation in Alton when he tapped into a 30,000-volt power line. People who heard his yells for help found him naked and screaming in pain. His clothes either burned off or were blown away.  More

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