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Copper Thieves Behind Power Outage

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Entergy Arkansas says 350 feet of copper wire was stolen from a power substation in Little Rock, causing an outage that left nearly 2,000 customers in the dark for about three hours.

The outage began at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after the copper was stolen from the substation off Cantrell Road.  Officials say the copper weighed about 200 pounds and has a value of $500.  But Entergy says repairs to the west Little Rock substation will cost about $25,000.

The substation was still down Monday, but power was restored Sunday night to the affected customers by putting them on another grid.

Officials say it is possible that storms that moved through the area Sunday night may have contributed to the damage.

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