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FBI investigates cryptic message, power grid attacks

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LONOKE COUNTY (KATV) -

The FBI is investigating after three power grid attacks occurred in Lonoke County in two months.

The first of the three happened in August, when a high-voltage transmission line in Cabot was intentionally brought down.

"Although no injuries resulted from this act, the placement of the line created a risk to the community," FBI spokesperson Kim Brunell explained.

Investigators have released a clue: a 250-foot cable recovered near the scene. 

It's believed the cable, which has a diameter of one-half inch and an attached 15-inch eyebolt, could have been surplus, salvaged or stolen. 

On September 29, a fire was intentionally started at Entergy Arkansas's Keo substation.

The message "YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S." was found on a metal control panel outside the station.

October 6, 10,000 First Electric Cooperative customers near Cabot were without power after lines on two poles were cut just before 7:30 a.m. 

Investigators believe a tractor with an extendable arm and circular saw blade was stolen from a nearby property and used to cut the lines.

Investigators believe the suspect(s) have knowledge of electrical matters and the ability to operate a large tractor.
 
There is also a $25,000 dollar reward for information leading to an arrest. 

If you have any information, contact the FBI at 501-221-9100.

 

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