COQUILLE, Ore. -- There is now a $5,000 reward being offered to catch some crooks before they kill themselves.
It's a crime that has left over 200 homes without power and is extremely dangerous for the community and the people who are committing the crime.
In recent weeks, thieves have cut over 2,000 feet of wire from power lines, causing power companies to take things a step further. Roger Meader, the general manager and CEO of Coos-Curry Electric says something simply has to be done. "It's just gotten so bad that we've felt we had to do something," he said.
They're offering the reward for information that leads to the capture and conviction of the thieves. "We hope something comes out of it before someone gets hurt," said Meader.
Coos County Sheriff Craig Zanni says one of two things is going to happen. "Either they're going to get electrocuted or they're going to get caught and be prosecuted" he said.
Law enforcement is asking for the public's help to put a stop to the wire theft. "If there's vehicles out around the power lines and people doing things, and the vehicles are not marked, people should call."
If you have any information that can help, you can contact the Sheriff's office.