MONONA COUNTY, Iowa - Two people are behind bars after allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of copper and triggering power outages in Iowa.
The Monona County Sheriff's Office in northwest Iowa reported that 911 began getting calls of fires and power outages at electrical substations in the western half of the county Saturday night.
The energy provider found that someone had removed copper from the grounding rods.
Deputies got information about possible suspects the next day and executed a search warrant, where the stolen copper was found.
40-year-old Craig Keller, of Onawa, Iowa, and 30-year-old Whitney Reynek, of Tekamah were arrested for the same charges of first degree theft, criminal mischief, burglary, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Keller's bond was set at $21,000 and Reynek's bond was set at $10,000.
More charges could be filed as the situation is investigated further. Any information should be directed to the Monona County sheriff’s office at 712-433-1414.