Sheriff: Copper thieves targeting utility substations

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is saying utility companies’ substations are the subject of recent copper thefts.

Thieves are reportedly cutting security gate locks and removing copper wire along with fixtures from the stations.

Four separate incidents are currently under investigation by Sheriff’s detectives. In those incidents, the suspect(s) stole from NYSEG and Village of Springville substations.

The incidents occurred on October 3rd and 10th and November 1st. Deputies say the suspect(s) have stolen $14,000 worth of materials.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office at (716) 858-2903. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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