North Carolina police say a 23-year-old man has been electrocuted while trying to steal copper wiring from an electrical substation.
Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin told WRAL-TV in Raleigh that William Joshua Reavis of Aberdeen was cutting copper wire used for grounding at the power station early Saturday morning.
Peterkin says Reavis was electrocuted and fell 10 feet to the ground. A friend found Reavis' body.
A spokesman for substation owner Lumbee River Electric Membership Corp. says a chain and lock on a fence around the property had been cut.
Peterkin said his office is investigating.