The Mower County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports involving copper theft and property damage to wind turbines located in rural Mower County.
The turbines are owned by EDF Renewable Services and are located in the 2600 block of 680th Avenue in rural Mower County.
The sheriff’s office said five turbines in that area had damage done to them and copper wire stolen. Eight other turbines have also been damaged and had copper removed prior to this theft.
The estimate on eight of the turbines damaged is $38,000. The damage estimate on the other turbines is not yet complete.
The high voltage generated by the turbines makes removing any type of wire very dangerous.
Mower County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance on these thefts. If the public see vehicles in the area of the turbines you can call the Mower County Law Enforcement Center at 507-437-9400.
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