Seat for Co-ops on Metal Theft Task Force

Published: February 23rd, 2015 in: Copper Theft

Electric cooperatives would have a seat on a new copper theft task force proposed by an Illinois lawmaker. A new bill would create the Recyclable Metal Theft Task Force. The Illinois secretary of state would oversee the... Read more

New Tools in Copper Theft War

Published: February 17th, 2015 in: Copper Theft

A new front has opened in the war on copper theft in Ohio, where the state’s Do Not Buy List is up and running. Electric cooperatives are hopeful it will put a dent in both the danger... Read more

Arkansas Man Charged in Co-op Power Theft

Published: February 9th, 2015 in: Crime

An Arkansas man faces multiple criminal charges stemming from theft of services from an electric cooperative that amounted to more than $6,000. Travis Michael Russell faces six counts for damaging co-op fixtures and six felony theft of... Read more

Copper Theft Costs Texas Co-op $19,000

Published: December 16th, 2014 in: Copper Theft

For the copper thief, it’s a few quick bucks. For a Texas electric cooperative and its members, it’s a five-figure bill. Someone targeted power poles belonging to Nueces Electric Cooperative and stole the neutral, hitting poles along... Read more

New Metal Theft Law in Pennsylvania

Published: November 11th, 2014 in: Copper Theft

A new copper theft law in Pennsylvania will up the ante for repeat offenders, who will face a series of graded criminal penalties. The bill establishes three types of misdemeanors for metal theft, depending upon the value... Read more

Copper Thieves Hit Co-op Twice in Two Days

Published: October 28th, 2014 in: Copper Theft

One copper theft is bad enough, but a North Carolina co-op had to deal with two incidents in as many days. And members are stuck with a five-figure bill. The trouble for Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative began Oct.... Read more

Copper Thief Sentenced to 10 Years in Utility Cases

Published: October 27th, 2014 in: Copper Theft

A series of copper thefts hitting a Texas utility has ended with one of the suspects sentenced to a decade behind bars. “The 10-year sentence is one of the longest sentences for copper theft we’ve seen,” said... Read more

Metal Theft Bill Signed in California

Published: October 7th, 2014 in: Copper Theft

Looking to put a dent in the metal theft scourge, California lawmakers have approved a bill that will require action on the part of scrap dealers. Under the law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, dealers must subscribe... Read more

Copper Thieves Cut Co-op Poles

Published: September 22nd, 2014 in: Copper Theft

Copper thieves have come up with a new and costly way to get what they want from an Illinois electric cooperative: cutting down poles. “It began with just a couple of isolated poles, and then it began... Read more

Series of Copper Thefts Costs Co-op $20,000

Published: July 7th, 2014 in: Copper Theft

A series of copper thefts by crooks using a homemade device caused June to be a very expensive month for one co-op. “We are looking at about $20,000 to $21,000” in damages, said Dena Beason, director of... Read more