Police: Man electrocuted trying to steal copper in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Police in Wichita believe a man found dead near a utility pole was electrocuted while trying to steal copper.

KAKE-TV reports a passer-by called 911 after finding the body Friday afternoon in southern Wichita.

Police Lieutenant Dennis Wilson says a bicycle was leaning against a power pole. A flashlight and bolt cutters were found nearby.

Investigators believe the man attempted to cut a 7,200-volt power line and was electrocuted sometime overnight.

The man was thought to be in his 20s. He was not immediately identified.

 

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