Major damage was reported to an electrical sub-station in Laurens County yesterday from the apparent theft of copper wiring. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to James Elledge Road at 8:48 yesterday morning where a lock had been cut off the main gate to the location at Tumblin Shoals. The gate was found standing open by the Laurens County Parks and Recreation Director on his check of the property yesterday morning. A second gate that belongs to Duke Energy was also found open, with its lock cut. A Duke Energy representative who came to the scene said the theft of the copper wire caused over $10,000 in damage to a voltage regulator and other like devices; damage caused by the theft of about $50 worth of copper wire. An adjustable wrench was laying where the copper wiring had been stolen, along with an open pack of Marlboro cigarettes.
The company representative estimated the theft occurred between midnight and 8:15 yesterday morning, based on timbers smoldering from where the voltage regulator sparked or flashed onto the wood timbers while the copper was being taken.