Copper stolen from N. Maine poles

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — 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.

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