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Thieves steal copper grounding wire from the Goulds substation


December 10, 2014 – Newfoundland Power says it is “very concerned” about a recent act of vandalism, and is asking for the public’s assistance in finding the individuals involved in a break-in at the company’s substation in the Goulds.

“These vandals have not only compromised the integrity and reliability of our electricity system, but they have shown absolutely no regard for the safety of our employees and the general public while putting themselves at risk of severe injury or death,” said Gary Murray, vice-president, engineering and operations, Newfoundland Power.

The perpetrator(s) cut a hole in the security fence and stole copper grounding wire that was connected to the high-voltage grid.

The utility will pay $5000 to any individual for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. If you know something about this incident—or any act of theft or vandalism to electrical equipment—contact your local RCMP, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary detachment or Crime Stoppers.