Published: Jul 08, 2013 2:07 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 08, 2013 3:22 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A trio of thieves recently spent eight hours stealing more than $20,000 in copper cable from a Cape Coral Lee County Electric Cooperative substation.

On Sunday, June 23, three men made several trips back and forth to the LCEC substation located at 2407 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, between 1:00 p.m. and roughly 8:30 p.m.

On each trip, the men were caught on security cameras moving approximately 1,200 pounds of copper, piping and connectors from LCEC’s private property and onto trucks and SUV’s. One of the men even wore a safety vest, most likely to give the appearance that they were employees working at the substation, rather than a band of crooks committing a felony crime. Cape police detectives say the men gained access to the property by initially cutting the chain on the gate, then making their way in and out with ease throughout the day.

Anyone with information on these three men, their whereabouts, or where they may have sold the copper, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.