2012-01-22 / News

Vandalism responsible for large Jan. 12-13 power outage

Consumer’s Energy offers reward leading to arrest

More than 1,900 homes were without power between Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 due to vandalism of utility equipment in southern Saginaw County. Consumer’s Energy is offering up to a $2,000 reward “for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible,” according to a press release.

According to the report, gunshots damaged more than 10 insulators and several wooden cross beams. Utility crews were required to manually climb 65 foot poles in a swampy, rural area to make the repairs.

?In some instances, customers on electric life-support systems can be endangered by outages caused by gunshot vandalism damage,” said Daniel J. Malone, the senior vice president of distribution and customer operations for the utility. “In addition to the inconvenience caused by the loss of electricity, businesses and their employees can experience economic losses.”

Anyone with information is asked to call either a local law enforcement agency or the Consumer’s Energy asset protection department at (800)-760-3295.

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