The RNC is seeking the public’s assistance in relation to a property damage complaint that occurred at the Pulpit Rock Substation in Torbay early this morning.
Shortly after 3 a.m., the Pulpit Rock Substation received damage as a result of multiple shots being fired at the substation. The extensive damage resulted in loss of power for a number of individuals.
The investigation into this property damage is continuing.
The RNC is appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or were in the immediate area to contact police. Anyone who has any information in relation to this property damage is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.
Power outage caused by vandals
Newfoundland Power customers in the Torbay, Flatrock and Pouch Cove areas were without power early this morning, but the outage wasn't caused by the weather.
In a news release, Newfoundland Power said an act of vandalism at its Pulpit Rock Substation in Torbay knocked out power to about 5,000 customers during stormy weather around 3 a.m. this morning.
The utility says it appears that one of the two power transformers at the substation was intentionally shot at, causing extensive damage to the transformer and an oil spill.
Gary Smith, vice-president of customer operations and engineering for Newfoundland Power calls the incident particularly alarming. “This action was deliberate and taken without any regard for the consequences,” Smith said.
Vandalism not only compromises the electricity system, Newfoundland Power says it creates a serious safety risk for utility employees, contractors and the vandals themselves.
“Our customers rely on us to deliver safe, reliable service, 24 hours every day,” said Smith. “Besides the power outage in the middle of a winter storm, the environmental impact and the cost, our primary concern is safety.”
Newfoundland Power will pay $5,000 to anyone for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for this crime. Anyone with information regarding this incident, or any act of theft or vandalism to electrical equipment, is encouraged to contact their local Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary detachment or Crime Stoppers.