Two men shocked trying to steal power lines

May 15, 2008 6:20:25 AM PDT
Two Somerset County men are charged with trying to steal live power lines that were still attached to a transformer and utility poles.

Police say 27-year-old Kevin Lee Lytle and 24-year-old Daniel Jay Basinger, both of Confluence, were shocked during the theft attempt on May 3 in Lower Turkeyfoot Township.

Both were charged Wednesday, but only Basinger was well enough to attend his arraignment on the attempted theft charge.

Police say the incident disrupted power to area residences for about five hours. Penelec Power Co. owns the lines which suffered $1,500 damage.

The Associated Press could not immediately reach either man for comment.