Around 14,000 customers impacted after substations in Tacoma vandalized by burglars

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About 14,000 customers in Puyallup and Graham, Wash., were affected Sunday after robbers destroyed three substations belonging to Tacoma Utilities and Puget Sound Energy, police said.

No suspects are in custody at this time, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department added in a statement Sunday.

The sheriff’s department said their agency first received a report of a robbery at the Tacoma utility substation at 5:26 a.m. PT.

“Deputies arrived at the scene and saw the fenced area being forcibly entered,” the statement said. “Nothing was taken from the substation, but the suspect destroyed equipment and caused a power outage in the area.”

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy was alerted to a report of a second robbery at another Tacoma utility substation, the statement said. As with the first substation, nothing was taken.

“At 11:25 a.m., we were notified by Puget Sound Energy that a power outage occurred at 2:39 a.m. this morning. We are on site at this facility,” the statement continued.

“At this time, agents are conducting an initial investigation. There are no suspects in custody. said.

The FBI’s Seattle branch told CNN on Sunday that it was aware of the report, but declined to confirm or deny its role in the investigation.

The city of Puyallup is located 10 miles south of Tacoma. Graham is located 16 miles south of Tacoma.

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