Employee arrives at work early, interrupts wire theft

Salina Post

SALINA — The arrival of an employee at Westar Energy early Saturday morning prevented the theft of 11 spools of copper and aluminum wire.

Salina Police Capt. Chris Trocheck said the wire had been taken off trucks parked in a fenced area at the Westar offices, located at Ohio and Edison.

A male suspect had placed the wire on the dock of the building, when the theft was interrupted. It appears the suspect gained entry inside the fence by cutting a couple of sections of chain link fence.

The value of the wire is placed at $2,000. Police were called about 5:45 a.m.