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Four Copper Thefts Reported Recently in Whitehall

Also, a man leaving Princess Lanes was turned over to constables for an outstanding warrant.

Copper Thefts

Copper thieves have hit Duquesne Light's Elwyn Power Station in Whitehall Borough three times this month, Whitehall police Deputy Chief Richard M. Danko said.

As with similar Jan. 20 and Jan. 4 reports, Duquesne Light corporate security personnel contacted Whitehall police this past Saturday to report that one or more people had recently broken into the power station on Earlsdale Road and removed copper wiring.

Most recently removed was ground wire in 20-to-25 different places, often in areas of high voltage, Danko said, and a spool of copper wire weighing approximately 500 pounds. The spool is valued at around $5,000, Danko said, while the other copper taken is valued between $1,000 and $2,000.

Police are investigating the thefts.

More Copper Theft

Whitehall police received a burglary call at around 10:49 a.m. on Wednesday from a maintenance employee of a building in the 1500 block of Radford Road in the Wallace (Prospect) Park area, Danko said.

The employee said that he noticed that a rear door was kicked in at the building next to the one that he was working at and that an assortment of copper pipes had been taken from that building's plumbing system.

The owners of the building have been made aware of the break-in, but an estimated value of the copper is not yet known.

The incident is under investigation.

Warrant for Man Leaving Princess Lanes

A Jefferson Hills Borough man was taken into custody by Whitehall police and turned over to constables from West Mifflin Borough after leaving the scene of a disturbance at the Princess Lanes bowling alley in Caste Village on Thursday, Danko said.

Police responded to the bowling alley at around 10 that night and learned that two of the individuals involved in a verbal altercation there had recently left the area.

Police obtained a description of the individuals' car and stopped it on nearby Baptist Road for further investigation, Danko said.

One of the car's occupants—Jesse James Bernard, 20, of 211 Tangelo Dr. in Jefferson Hills—was found to have an outstanding warrant from West Mifflin police for one count each of escape, corruption of minors, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and underage drinking, Danko said.

No one was charged with offenses from the bowling alley disturbance.

Read through other Whitehall police items here.

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jwill January 30, 2013 at 01:40 PM
I know shocking!!!!!
old man January 31, 2013 at 02:55 AM
What kind of idiots break into a Duquesne light power station to steal copper wire. Do they value a few dollars worth of copper more than their life. these fools definately have a death wish.
cc January 31, 2013 at 03:09 AM
old man agree
NE12Ukid February 04, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Sandra and jwill, you guys are too funny!
Margaret French February 04, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Not that I would ever rob anywhere but if I were, I would rob a classy place vs. a non classy place.

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