More than 1,600 homes were without power due to copper wire thefts from electrical poles in Illinois. This incident happpened near the Wayne-Clay County line. Both Ryan Staton and Andrew Staley, of Flora, are charged with theft over $10,000.
On December 1st, Clay County Sheriff’s deputies say the men were trying to steal wire and it bounced back into the high voltage power line, knocking out power to Wayne-White Electric Cooperative Customers.
Both men are being held in the Clay County Jail.