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$1,000 Reward Offered - Vandals Destroy Power Line Equipment at Spring Creek

Jan 20, 2000

Sierra Pacific Power Company
Contact: Karl Walquist/Bob Sagan
Phone: 775-834-4835

For Immediate Release

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information about vandals who recently destroyed 13 power line insulators about 1½ miles north of Spring Creek High School along Boyd/Kennedy Road. The vandalism contributed to a recent power outage that affected about 3,700 customers in Spring Creek.

Besides destroying equipment that belongs to the utility, the vandals are endangering their own lives and the lives of others by using the insulators for target practice, according to Dennis Gotcher, manager of Elko area district operations for Sierra Pacific Power Co.

Similar acts of vandalism in the past have knocked live power lines to the ground, posing the risk of electrocution for anyone contacting the downed wires, Gotcher said. In addition, damaged equipment could start a fire.

Anyone with information about the recent acts of vandalism is urged to call the Elko Secret Witness hotline at 738-4357.