MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. -- Moundsville police are looking for copper thieves who caused a power outage affecting about 3,000 American Electric Power customers.
AEP is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Media outlets report that the thieves broke into a substation on Tuesday morning and tripped a circuit breaker while stealing copper wire.
A control house also was broken into and additional equipment was damaged.
Power was restored in about two hours.
AEP spokeswoman Carmen Pratti-Miller says the company hasn't determined the extent of the damage.