HANOVER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Two men used a bucket truck to steal a half mile of copper wiring.
State police believe the suspects, 30-year-old Matthew Christine, of Punxsutawney, and 43-year-old David MacClymont, Jr., from Seville, Fla., are now out of state.
The theft happened on Crooks School Road in Hanover Township, Beaver County. A witness, who did not want to be identified, told police what he saw.
“When I seen them coming down the road from 151 with a bucket up in the air going pole to pole and a guy standing up in the air the whole time – that’s just not normal,” he said.
The witness said the men had a bucket truck with the name of a cable servicing company from Ohio on it.
The value of the stolen materials, plus the cost of repairs, is $8,000.
Duquesne Light says utility lines can carry anywhere from 4,000 to 13,000 volts. They urge people not to try this.
State police say the men clipped the neutral line on the power lines.
Last month, copper thieves targeted air conditioners in Troy Hill. In September, a couple in Lawrence County stole copper off utility poles to pay for their wedding.
This spring, thieves stole copper wire off a Port Authority T line in Bethel Park.