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Fri August 23, 2013
FBI Continues Investigation, Offers Reward in Case of Cut Power Line
The FBI is now offering a reward of $20,000 for information leading the person responsible for intentionally bringing down a power line in Cabot.
The line, located on Arkansas Highway 321, was reported Wednesday afternoon by Entergy officials. The subsequent investigation revealed the line was purposely severed with a saw or similar tool. Bolts for the 100-foot tower that held the line were also removed.
Authorities also say the person attempted to bring down the power grid by attaching cable to the tower's framework and placing it on nearby Union Pacific railroad tracks in an attempt to use the momentum of a moving train to bring down the tower.
"The individual or individuals involved specifically targeted this area, and they may have been in that area several days to several weeks prior, " said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kim Brunell. "So we're wanting to appeal to the public, particularly to people who frequent the area."
Brunell said the organization is not speculating on motives for the operation.
Residents are encouraged to report information to the Little Rock FBI Office at (501) 221-9100.