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Copper Wire Theft Darkens Sharon

A copper theft at the Green Mountain Power substation in Sharon resulted in a nearly four-hour long power outage for about 1,300 customers yesterday.

The incident comes after copper thefts at substations in Sharon and East Barnard forced the utility to take the power off line in late August.

Jeremy Baker, a GMP spokeman, said that line crews were dispatched to the Sharon substation after an employee from the utility company noticed that a chain securing a gate at the site had been cut.

After the damage was assessed, Baker said, it was necessary for the utility to take the substation offline from 1:30 p.m. to shortly after 5 p.m. in order to perform repairs safely.

Baker said that another substation in Randolph was also vandalized, but the damage there was not substantial enough to force off power.

Baker said internal discussions on the cooper thefts have been ongoing. “We have not come to any conclusions yet,” said Baker. “But we are certainly taking this very seriously.”

Ben Conarck can be reached at bconarck@vnews.com.