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APCo: power thefts increasing, costly

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

An increase in electricity thefts is costing Appalachian Power Co. (APCo) and its customers millions of dollars, according to a company official.

In a press release issued by APCo Tuesday afternoon, distribution operations president Phil Wright said Appalachian has had more than a million dollars worth of detected electricity stolen since 2011. While some monetary losses are recovered through prosecution, he noted power customers bear the cost of other losses when thefts are not detected.

“We want the public to know that we take the issue of electricity theft seriously,” Wright said. “It’s hazardous to those attempting it and a costly practice for our customers. If you see something suspicious, say something and do something.”

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