TVA and Benton Electric System Offer Reward in Theft
March 4, 2011
BENTON, Ky. -– The Tennessee Valley Authority and Benton Electric System are asking the public for help solving a break-in and theft of thousands of dollars in materials.
The two utilities are jointly offering a $500 reward for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of those involved in the Feb. 8 break-in at a metal storage facility
belonging to Benton Electric System, a local distributor of TVA power.
Benton police say copper wire and equipment valued at more than $6,000 was stolen, though it would be worth only a fraction of that if sold as scrap metal.
Anyone with information can call the Benton police at (270) 527-3126 or the CRIME STOPPERS 24-hour tip line at (270) 527-COPS (2677). Anyone who provides information may remain anonymous.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Scott Brooks, Knoxville, (865) 632-8031
Media Relations, Knoxville (865) 632-6000