Slavery wore them out. They’re too tired to work. So they steal. And cause massive damage for a few bucks worth of wire.
Rickey Telsede, 32, is accused of stealing copper wire from an Entergy substation, triggering wide-spread power outages on June 29, New Orleans police said Monday (July 10).
Entergy was notified that there was a trespasser inside the substation in the 1800 block of Julia Street about 4:30 a.m. An employee noticed a hole had been cut in a chain-link fence and discovered three to five feet of wire missing from 21 breaker boxes, 20 tower legs and three transformers, police said.
Repairs resulting from the theft forced Entergy to cut power to thousands of customers for about an hour.
Detectives received a tip that a homeless man living in a lot near the substation was responsible for the theft. They later identified Telsede as the suspect, police said.
A warrant has been issued for Telsede, who will be arrested for unauthorized entry into a critical infrastructure, theft of utility property, and theft of copper wire and other metals, police said.
Police also are investigating whether Telsede is responsible for earlier thefts at the substation. A total of about 50 pounds of copper-weld wire were stolen, police said.