Police have actually pounded a potential burglar that might have eliminated themselves after cutting through a high-voltage wire at a sub-station.
Officers think those accountable may have made use of a miner in a quote to swipe cabling from the ScottishPower site in Ballingry, Fife.
A 33,000-volt cord was reduced at the Westfield Transforming Station, off the B9097, which left a close-by commercial home without power.
Having purposefully punctured a real-time source of power, the offender would certainly have received some type of injury. The extent which is not yet known.
Inspector Gavin Cameron is currently urging those to seek medical help in the very first instance.
Police Scotland and also ScottishPower have said the consequences might have been even more significant.
Insp Cameron said: “This was a hugely careless act which can have affected the neighboring neighborhoods as well as triggered severe injury, or even fatality, to the wrongdoer.
“We believe the objective was to steal cabling which an automobile, and also possibly a miniature miner, might have been used.
“We ‘d urge anybody who saw questionable behaviour in the area, or has any kind of information concerning this, to obtain in contact with us immediately.
“If those responsible check this out I would certainly advise them to look for clinical attention immediately.”
Ewan McMillan from ScottishPower said: “This is not a victimless crime.
“Illegal tampering with anything that connects to the electricity network can be exceptionally unsafe and also whoever was behind this vandalism plainly doesn’t appreciate the repercussions.
“In the last few years we have actually seen cord burglaries that have led to home fires at close-by homes.
“Though fortunately no houses were influenced in this incident, it beggars belief that anyone could run the risk of the security of local individuals by doing this.
“We will certainly work carefully with the police to assist capture those responsible, yet we would certainly additionally motivate anybody who has any info on those liable ahead forward.”
Anyone with info can speak to Police Scotland on 101, estimating incident number 0136 of November 9, or report this anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.