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Marc Giauque, KSL NewsradioRocky Mountain Power fights back against copper thieves. Off-duty police officers were waiting when thieves tried to hit a substation over the weekend.
It was the first night off-duty officers were patrolling the substation at 4800 W. 700 South, and it paid off.
Rocky Mountain Power's Dave Eskelsen says the men were caught loading up their truck with cable in a yard where thefts have been an increasing problem.
He says, "They've taken copper off of grounding wires, off of substation equipment, and how they do that without getting killed is a mystery to me."
The men were arrested Saturday morning and now face felony theft charges.
Eskelsen says they've had to take a number of steps to protect cable.