WAVERLEY: The theft of copper wire along with property damage at a N.S. Power substation in Waverley that occurred between Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 is under investigation by police.
In a release on Feb. 8, Halifax District RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Lisa Croteau said officers are investigating the incident that took place on Waverley Road.
“Sometime between February 6 at 11 a.m. and February 7 at 8 a.m., the suspect(s) drove a large vehicle into the locked gate of a fence surrounding a substation on Waverley Rd. in Waverley,” said Cpl. Croteau. “As a result, the gate was forced open and the fence was damaged.”
She said the suspect(s) then stole copper wire from several different areas, which would have taken some time to accomplish.
“The suspect(s) also broke into a trailer within the substation, where they stole an electric heater and slings for carrying tools,” said Cpl. Croteau. “The combined theft, damage and human resource costs to re-install replacement copper wire is estimated to be approximately $5,000.”
Cpl. Croteau said the investigation is ongoing.
Nova Scotia Power prohibits public access to its substations and other facilities that contain high voltage electrical equipment due to the high risk to personal and public safety. Anyone who unlawfully enters these premises is risking severe injuries to themselves and significant damage to onsite equipment.
The RCMP would like anyone who has information about these thefts or the sale of this copper wire to contact Halifax District RCMP at 902 490-5020.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.