AUSGRID says thieves who tried to steal live electrical wires at Toronto with bolt cutters are lucky to be alive.
The incident off Awaba Road on Wednesday caused two outages for 770 customers in parts of Carey Bay, Kilaben Bay and Toronto from about 3am to 7.30am.
The power company said emergency crews arriving to repair the outage found about 150 metres of cable coiled on the ground below dangling power lines.
The cable cutters were still attached.
Chief operating officer Trevor Armstrong said he condemned the behaviour in the strongest possible terms.
“These were high voltage live powerlines carrying 11,000 volts, so not only is this attempted theft brazen it is also incredibly risky,” he said. “The people behind this not only put their own lives at risk they also endangered the public as well.”
“This could have ended tragically for the alleged thieves and we were very fortunate that no-one was injured.
“No amount of copper is worth your life.”
The lines have been replaced and power restored.
Ausgrid security are working with police, and urge anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.