Charlotte FBI office offering $25k rewards in 2 NC substation attack cases

FILE - Workers with Randolph Electric Membership Corporation work to repair the Eastwood Substation in West End, N.C., Dec. 6, 2022. Federal regulators on Thursday, Dec. 15, ordered a review of security standards at the nation's far-flung electricity transmission network, following shootings at two electric substations in North Carolina that damaged equipment and caused more than 45,000 customers to lose power. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, File)

RALEIGH — The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) field office in Charlotte is now offering two $25,000 rewards for the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person(s) responsible for attacks on energy substations in Moore and Randolph Counties.  

“Agents are continuing to work with the Moore County Sheriff’s Office and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on the cases,” a press release from the Charlotte FBI field office says. “At this time, investigators do not believe the shootings in Moore and Randolph counties are connected.” 

According to the release, a joint investigation in Moore County began on Dec. 3, 2022, and the investigation in Randolph County began on Jan. 17, 2023. 

In Moore County, two Duke Energy substations were hit by gunfire with damage to the West End and Carthage Substations. The damage led to widespread power outages and approximately 45,000 customers lost power, with some losing power for as long as five days.  

The EnergyUnited substation located in Thomasville in Randolph County also was hit by gunfire.  

Anyone with information should call the Moore County Sheriff’s Office at 910-947-4444, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office at 336-318-6685, or contact the FBI at 1-800- CALL FBI or tips.fbi.gov. 

The latest reward offers follow a combined reward of $75,000 announced in early December by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. In a press release, Cooper said the state, Moore County and Duke Energy were each offering monetary awards of $25,000 each in the substation attack cases. 

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