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Theft of Copper Wire Causes Power Outage in Linthicum

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Stolen copper wiring seems to be the culprit of a power outage in Anne Arundel County on Sunday.

Police responded to the BGE substation on Cabin Branch Lane in Linthicum around 10 a.m. A representative told police they noticed a copper wiring was missing after a power outage was reported around 5:30 a.m.

Further inspection revealed the theft occurred from two high-side air break structures.

The theft caused a power outage as a result of the copper wiring making contact with a live part of the structure. Police say it is possible the suspect or suspects sustained obvious burn injuries.

The total loss value was not immediately known.

The area was without power for several hours, and affected BWI Airport.

The investigation is ongoing.

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