IDGC of Centre - Kurskenergo division conducts regular work to counter theft of power equipment and identify perpetrators. Power engineers together with representatives of law enforcement bodies and municipal authorities regularly conduct raids to identify unlicensed points for collecting scrap of non-ferrous and ferrous metals, provide investigative bodies with all necessary information to establish and punish violators. The measures taken bring results.
So, in Ponyrovsky district in August of this year the court delivered a verdict to a local resident who committed the theft of seven power transmission line poles. The offender was found guilty of committing a crime under Part 1 of Art. 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, he was sentenced to 160 hours of compulsory labour.
In the Kursk region near the settlement of "Jubilee" the power engineers in September recorded theft of 4.7 km of wire from an overhead line (10 kV) of the 35 kV substation "Murynovka". Together with police officers, the security department of Kurskenergo conducted raids at metal scrap reception points operating in the district. As a result, the stolen property was found, a criminal case was instituted on the fact of theft. In addition, possible suspects were identified. Currently, the RF Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Kursk region is checking the involvement of these persons in the offense.
In October, in Belovsky district, during the inspection of power transmission lines, the power engineers found theft of 210 metres of wire from a 0.4 kV overhead transmission line from the transformer substation "Novoselovka". Law enforcement officers shortly after arrested a suspect for the theft. Currently, the investigative actions have been completed, the materials have been prepared for submission to the court.
The same month, the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Rylsky district initiated a criminal case under paragraph "A" of Part 2 of Article 215.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on theft by unknown persons of 242 metres of wires from power lines. The amount of damage caused to Kurskenergo amounted to 60 thousand rubles. Currently, the territorial police department is conducting operational and investigative measures.
Kurskenergo reminds: theft of power equipment is a criminal offense. In addition, intruders by their actions threaten reliable electricity supply to bona fide consumers, endangering their health and property.
The energy company appeals to residents of the Kursk region to report all attempts to steal, sell illegally purchased power equipment by calling the hotline at 8-800-50-50-115 (free of charge) or Distribution Zones of the branch, as well as law enforcement agencies.