In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 23, Newfoundland Power reported that the lock on the secured gate was cut off by a suspect(s) and entry was gained inside the high voltage substation. Copper wire was cut and stolen from several power towers.
This incident resulted in a power outage of more than six hours to customers within the area while Newfoundland Power crews repaired the damage to the substation.
Police caution that entering locked areas of the high-voltage electricity system, like substations, is dangerous. Grounding wire is a very important part of the electrical equipment’s protection system. Once tampered with or removed, it makes it extremely dangerous for anyone in the substation and for employees to enter to make repairs. Vandals are not only putting their lives at risk, but also the lives of employees and the public.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Bay Roberts RCMP at 709-786-2118. To remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (TIPS is 8477), by Secure Web Tips atwww.nlcrimestoppers.com, or by downloading the free and secure mobile app. Search the App Store for "P3 Tips". Electronic tips submitted to Crime Stoppers are encrypted, entirely confidential and completely anonymous.