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KIMT News 3 - Ken Norem, with Prairie Energy, is showing what just recently happened to one of his power lines, and it's all being done for a little bit of metal.
“In the past couple of years now we've noticed that the thieves have started tearing the ground wires, copper ground wires off our poles in the country of our distribution line,” said Norem.
Norem says it's astonishing to see how desperate people are getting to get their hands on copper and other metals.
“You'd heard about it from different co-ops and different power companies were having some of those issues you kind of think well we're just a small town situation not a big utility and well everybody around here is pretty honest but I guess maybe there's just a couple that aren't quite that honest,” said Norem.
Because of this growing number of thefts, Iowa’s Electric Utility Companies have teamed up with the Crime Stoppers program across Iowa to get help in catching these thieves.
Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals says the only way to catch these criminals is to call when someone notices something suspicious.
“Call law enforcement let us check it out its better to be safe then sorry that's usually what happens I remember a car being there but they didn't think anything of it but didn't call and then their neighbor or some other business gets thieved,” said Pals.
Pals says there's more to the rise in thefts than just the rising value of the metal.
“The economy hasn't turned around like they thought it would, lot more unemployment and then unfortunately the drug problem across the United States it’s an easy make for people that are addicted to illicit drugs to go out then and try to steal things and get cash.,” said Pals.
“It’s really amazing they'll go to this kind of length from pole to pole and cut off a few feet because you got to work pretty hard at that to make a living out of it I guess,” said Norem.
Utility companies have been coming up with ways to bring a halt to the copper thefts.
The challenge with protecting the copper is making sure the power lines still work properly, but one solution they're using is to including using copper-covered steel.
Norem hopes more changes will come to stop the thefts.
Pals stresses that he's seen the same type of thefts happening in abandoned houses in the country and in neighborhoods.
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