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BEMC offering $5,000 reward for vandalism that led to outage


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in a break-in at the BEMC Hickman's Crossing substation in Calabash. Whoever broke in vandalized the substation, which resulted in a power outage. About 3,600 co-op members in the Calabash area were without power from 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to 12:20 a.m. Wednesday as a result.

BEMC is investigating the incident aggressively, but the company is note releasing specfic details about the break-in and vandalism.

"Trespassing on BEMC property and causing damage to our electric distribution system that results in any loss of service to our co-op members is not acceptable," BEMC CEO Robert W. Leavitt, Jr., said in a statement. "We are pursuing this investigation to the fullest extent, but at this time, we don’t want to impact the case by disclosing details. Protecting the reliability of our system is a responsibility we take seriously and that’s why we’re offering this reward."

North Carolina Criminal Law defines injuring wires and other fixtures of telephone, telegraph and electric-power companies as a felony.

BEMC encourages anyone to come forward if they saw or heard something that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the trespassing vandals. Call (910) 754-4391 or (800) 842-5871 if you have any information on this incident.

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Was it vandalism or were they stealing copper? Copper theft is rampant in all counties. The EMC's are having to go to great lengths to keep idiots out of the substations and its not working so well. The people that buy copper need to be checked out because you know they know who is doing this. The copper dealers need to be busted for buying stolen property!

I really hope they catch this idiot...

Where I grew up, one dumb a$$ took to shooting transmission line insulators with a his rifle. A lot of people suspected who was doing it but there was no solid proof. Homeland Security is rightfully worried about power company computer systems being hacked and causing outages. It doesn't have to be that complicated. A few people with guns could easily cause widespread outages in a matter of minutes. I'm glad to read that this sort of crime is a felony. This person needs to be caught and made an example of.

How stupid

How stupid was this? They could have got hurt. Maybe you need to be looking for someone that got a good shock - I hope they did and perhaps it will teach them a valuable lesson. Sure hope they are found - this is no childish prank; it is serious business and caused alot of problems for peoople.