Copper stolen from Aroostook County poles

Posted June 23, 2009, at 12:40 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:46 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — State police say they’re investigating the theft of copper grounding wire from utility poles along a 14-mile stretch in northern Maine.

Police said Tuesday the wire was stolen from poles in woods and fields off the main roads from Presque Isle through Easton to Mars Hill. Three to 5 feet of ground wire was taken from at least 40 poles, although the full extent of the thefts had not been determined. The ground wires provide a path to ground in case of lightning strikes.

The thefts are believed to have occurred shortly before they were discovered last Wednesday on a newly constructed section of transmission line. Police asked for information to help in their investigation.

Maine State Police: 207-532-5400