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Marty Haught — Communications
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For Immediate Release
June 5, 2017
UCS Offers $2,500 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest
Perpetrators shoot electric company’s equipment, causing outage and unnecessary expense.
Stephenville, TX – United Cooperative Services (United) announced today that it is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) who fired gunshots that caused extensive damage last week to its infrastructure on F.M. 219 and C.R. 420 in Huckabay.
“Our members, both residential and those with businesses served by our electric distribution facilities, depend on having electricity for sustenance of life and economy,” said United CEO Cameron Smallwood. “We are committed to taking aggressive action against anyone who wishes to destroy our equipment that prevents us from delivering safe, reliable and affordable service to our members."
United supports local law enforcement authorities investigating the crime, which caused a day-long outage to one member. With this reward, the cooperative hopes to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice.
The damaged equipment has a value of more than $60,000. However, and more importantly, damaging high-voltage equipment can cause serious injury or death to the perpetrators or innocent bystanders.
“We intend to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law and bring this evildoer or these evildoers to justice,” Smallwood said. “We have earmarked $2,500 to reward anyone who has information that would help us get these people off the streets. Anyone who knows anything about this crime, please contact the cooperative or local law enforcement."
About United Cooperative Services:
Established in 1938 and headquartered in Cleburne, Texas, United Cooperative Services is an electric distribution cooperative serving more than 81,000 meters and nearly 60,000 members. United plays a key role in the economic development of its communities and unlike a private utility, the cooperative is a not-for-profit business owned by the members it serves. Maintaining more than 11,000 miles of energized line, United serves parts of Johnson, Erath, Hood, Bosque, Somervell, Palo Pinto, Coryell, Eastland, Comanche, Stephens, Young, Hamilton, Tarrant and Ellis counties.