Consumers Energy Offers $10,000 Reward for Reporting Suspicious Activity Around Electric Facilities

Consumers Energy is offering a reward up to $10,000 to those who offer information leading to the arrest and conviction of thieves stealing copper and other materials from the our substations in Calhoun County.  The company is asking residents to report suspicious activity in and around electric substation sites by placing a free call to Consumers Energy’s corporate security department at 1-800-760-3295. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

In the past two weeks, six incidents of wire and material theft at the our facilities in Calhoun County have been reported. Last Thursday afternoon, more than 2,100 homes and businesses in the Bellevue area were without electric service due to this activity.

“This crime wave is putting the public’s safety at risk,” said Garrick Rochow, vice president of energy delivery. “This is a serious issue for all of our customers, but especially for those customers who rely on home medical equipment.”

The public should be aware of the personal danger of tampering with live electrical equipment and that serious injury and even death could occur. Since January 1, approximately 20 substation incidents of material theft have been reported statewide.

Residents are asked to report individuals they believe may be responsible for theft  of electric equipment or to report suspicious activity around electric facilities to local law enforcement agencies or Consumers Energy corporate security department at 1-800-760-3295. Consumers Energy takes these thefts and risks to safety very seriously and is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who steal utility property.