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Jail time and restitution in power line copper theft

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Polk County (WQOW) - A western Wisconsin man is sentenced Friday for actions that officials say put the public and himself at risk.

Daniel Swessel, of Barron, was charged last summer with using bolt cutters to cut the grounding wires off of eight power poles in Polk County. Detectives say he then sold the valuable copper wire to scrap yards.

The power company said the resulting stray voltage was a significant hazard to the public and to workers. And it said the damage would have likely caused a major outage if a thunderstorm occurred. 

Swessel got four months in jail and was ordered to pay for the damage.

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