Illinois Co-ops a Part of Metal Theft Task Force

Published: January 11th, 2016 in: Copper Theft

The metal theft scourge has been taking a toll on electric cooperatives for several years, but a new state law gives Illinois co-ops a role in helping fight it. The law, which took effect New Year’s Day,... Read more

Three Arrested in Arkansas Copper Theft

Published: October 6th, 2015 in: Copper Theft

Three persons have been arrested and charged with three felonies each in connection with a break-in and theft of copper wire at a North Arkansas Electric Cooperative substation. Nathaniel Campbell, Tessa Ebersold and Colman McNeely are scheduled... Read more

Metal Theft Claims Fall

Published: September 14th, 2015 in: Copper Theft

Fewer metal theft claims are being submitted to insurance companies, but that hardly means the problem is solved, a new report finds. The National Insurance Crime Bureau said 39,993 claims for metal theft were made between 2012... Read more

Co-ops Help Get Database to Fight Metal Thefts

Published: June 29th, 2015 in: Copper Theft

An improved law to fight copper theft is coming to Kansas, thanks in part to electric cooperatives. The state attorney general will establish and maintain a statewide database of scrap metal sales, accessible to law enforcement, under... Read more

Surveillance Cameras Tape Suspects Robbing Co-op

Published: June 9th, 2015 in: Crime

Surveillance cameras rolled as two burglars robbed a Texas electric cooperative. The hope now is that the video will give investigators a boost in their efforts to find the suspects. Authorities say the pair cut a fence... Read more

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