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Police: Duke truck, computer stolen

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A computer containing company information, a truck with the company’s logos all over it and more than 1,000 pounds of copper and steel wire were stolen from a Duke Energy construction site.

Thieves broke into a Duke Energy construction site at 7247 W. State Road 135 in Morgantown sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday morning, according to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

The company is building a new substation at the location.

A 2007 Ford F550 flat bed truck with Duke Energy logos was stolen from the site, along with a laptop computer that had company information, according to the police report.

The truck was valued at $40,000, according to the police report.

The other items that police say were taken in the incident are likely worth about $3,000, Sheriff Doug Cox estimated.

Duke Energy has not put an estimate on the value of the items stolen, Duke Energy spokesman Steve Bahr said.

Two fuel credit cards, keys to equipment, more than 1,000 pounds of various types of copper and steel wiring, and other smaller items also were stolen from the site, the police report said.

A work crew left the construction site about 3 p.m. Wednesday and noticed the site had been broken into upon returning at 7 a.m. the next morning.

The site was fenced in and had locks, but thieves cut through the fence on the rear portion to get inside. The stolen truck has a license plate of TK684LAA.

Anyone with information on this theft case can call the sheriff’s office investigations division at 346-4604.

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