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AEP offers $5K reward over W.Va. copper-theft outage

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. -- Moundsville police are looking for copper thieves who caused a power outage that affected about 3,000 American Electric Power customers.

AEP is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

News outlets have reported that the thieves broke into a substation Tuesday morning and tripped a circuit breaker while stealing copper wire.

A control house also was broken into and equipment was damaged.

Power was restored in about two hours.

AEP spokeswoman Carmen Pratti-Miller said the company hasn't determined the extent of the damage.


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