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Pacific Power offers $3,000 cash reward to catch wire thieves

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Pacific Power and Yakima police are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of wire copper thieves.

There have been a series of wire thefts since the first of the year. Besides Pacific Power, thieves are also hitting the historic Yakima Valley Trolley.

"This is a serious problem and we are taking aggressive action to stop it," said Bill Eaquinto, Vice-President of Operations for Pacific Power. "These thefts put our crews at risk as they go about their work on the local power grid, add a financial burden to the system and inconvenience our customer. In addition, the thieves themselves are in mortal danger as they perform these criminal acts."

The thefts are happening at night throughout the greater Yakima area. Some are being done by people with at least a basic knowledge of how an electrical grid works, and climbing poles. Other thefts involve pulling grounding wire off near the ground. More than one group of thieves may be at work.

If you see any suspicious activity around power poles or the trolley line, do not confront these individuals, but call 911. If you have any information about past thefts, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).