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Information Sought In Copper Wire Theft And Damage  Sought 

Polk County Sheriff's detectives are seeking information about the theft of copper wire and the damage caused during the thefts at Tampa Electric (TECO) power plants on two different occasions in March 2008.

On March 18, 2008, unknown suspect(s) stole copper wire from transformers at the TECO Imperial Lakes power station. On March 20, 2008, possibly the same suspect(s) stole copper wire from the TECO Moores Lane power station, and during that theft caused over $500,000 worth of damage to TECO equipment and a power outage in the city of Mulberry.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Det. Ian Rylott at 1-800-226-0344 or (863) 499-2400.


Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie
                                                Date: 3/20/2008