UPDATE | Man arrested in copper thefts from electrical substations

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SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – UPDATE 2/23/19 @ 2:26 p.m.

A man has been arrested for stealing copper from electrical substations throughout Scioto County and possibly beyond.

Greenup County Sheriff Matt Smith said Ryan Havens of Portsmouth was arrested following a joint, two state investigative effort conducted by the Greenup County and the Scioto County Sheriffs Offices

Smith said Havens was arrested on multiple charges and investigators will be seeking criminal indictments against him.

Sheriff Marty Donini said investigators believe Havens could have stolen copper products from substations in Lawrence County, Ohio, and across the Ohio River in Kentucky.

Early Friday morning near Lloyd, Kentucky in Greenup County, nearly 1,250 customers were affected by copper thieves, including Greenup County High School, Kentucky Power reports.

Investigators say stolen items include conductor wire, damage to locks, ground wire, chain link fence, aluminum cabinets, barb wire and other copper items that are frequently taken to scrap yards.


Deputies need your help identifying a man who they say has been stealing copper from electrical substations throughout Scioto County and possibly beyond.

Sheriff Marty Donini say investigators believe that same man could be stealing copper products from substations in Lawrence County, Ohio, and across the Ohio River in Kentucky.

Early Friday morning near Lloyd, Kentucky in Greenup County, nearly 1,250 customers were affected by copper thieves, including Greenup County High School, Kentucky Power reports.

Donini says his office is investigating several thefts from AEP and Texas Eastern stations. He said the cases began around Feb. 1, with the most recent one happening Wednesday.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the man and a vehicle he was in at the time.

Investigators say stolen items include conductor wire, damage to locks, ground wire, chain link fence, aluminum cabinets, barb wire and other copper items that are frequently taken to scrap yards.

Anyone with information is asked to call Scioto Sheriff’s Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091. Callers will remain anonymous.



 
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