Thieves cut transformer from northeastern Pa. pole

DRUMS, Pa. (AP) — PPL Electric Utilities say some thieves apparently looking for scrap metal have engaged in some risky business in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The thieves used a chain saw to cut down a utility pole so they could steal an electrical transformer on private property near Nescopeck State Park in Butler Township, Luzerne County.

The theft occurred sometime earlier this week near a stretch of Route 309.

Utility official say the lines leading to the transformer were out of service, but whoever cut down the pole would still have been exposed to live power lines nearby.

PPL officials say people should always assume that power lines are live, just to be safe.

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