Washington burglars destroy three electrical substations over Christmas, leave 14K without power

Burglars in Tacoma, Wash., vandalized three power plants on Christmas morning, leaving about 14,000 customers without power, police say.

Around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary call at the Tacoma utility substation on 46th Avenue.

When deputies arrived, according to a statement from the department, they saw evidence that a fenced area had been broken into. Although nothing was removed from the substation, police said the equipment was vandalized, causing a power outage in the area.

Another burglary was reported later that morning at a Tacoma utility substation on 224th Street, again with forced entry and damage to equipment, and nothing was stolen from the scene.

At 11:25 a.m., a third burglary was reported by Puget Sound Energy of a power outage and burglary that occurred around 2:40 a.m.

Deputies said the third stage was also broken into and equipment vandalized.

14,000 Tacoma residents were without power Sunday morning.
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As a result of the burglaries and vandalism that took place, 14,000 Tacoma residents were without power Sunday morning.

The poweroutage.us website reported just before 7 p.m. Sunday that only 2,084 Tacoma Public Utilities customers and 1,365 Puget Sound Energy customers were without power.

All three burglaries are still under investigation and the suspects have not been apprehended.

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