THURMOND, W.Va. — One person was fatally electrocuted during an attempted copper theft Wednesday from a power pole in Fayette County.

Sheriff’s deputies said it happened near the Thurmond Depot on Beury Mountain.

The name of the victim was not immediately released. WVNS-TV reported that a second man, 22-year-old Charles Raymond Norris, of Oak Hill, was arrested at the scene and charged with attempt to commit a felony, conspiracy to commit a felony and disruption of a public utility.

Appalachian Power Company spokesman Phil Moye said these attempts turn tragic most of the time.

“It began in around 2006 when the price of copper started to rise, and at that point people began stealing copper from our facilities,” Moye said. “From the very start it’s been an extremely dangerous thing to do.”

The incident knocked out power for three hours to about 50 Appalachian Power customers in the Thurmond area.

Moye warned that touching an energized line is almost certain to be fatal.

“This is a very sad situation and a very dangerous sort of thing to attempt, clearly, as this case illustrates,” he said.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department was still investigating the death Wednesday afternoon.

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  • lee arthur

    Justice is served.

  • dont you DARE

    I apologize for my typo it should say the copper thief LEFT the young man laying there dead and took off to avoid being caught by the police and his body was found by Park Service. Now imagine if that was your child with an idiot friend... Watch what you say karma is right behind you!

  • dont you DARE

    let me make something very clear the news does not have the whole story I'm a very close friend of the family and this young man was not stupid enough to steal copper... now the boy with him yes stupid enough to steal copper. They left to go hunting this morning when the boy with him shot down a powerline in an attempt to get the copper the innocent man was killed was not aware that the boy was going to do this and was struck by the cable as it came down. at that point it is our understanding that the copper thieves the young man laying there dead and took off in hopes to not get caught by the police. He has since been arrested and is charged with at least two felonies at this point.Please do not judge and talk crap about someone that lost their life because of the stupidity of someone else. This boy sat on my couch Monday telling me plans that he was making for the rest of his life, he had a good job he was not a copper thief!!!!! God help all of you for shooting your mouth off before you know the entire story, there but for the grace of God goes me... Remember that ... karma is well karma.... unless you can offer prayer for the family please do the world a favor and keep your fingers off the keyboard go get a job maybe you'll have something better to do then talk about something that you have no clue about...

    • Larry

      Have you ever heard the saying, "when you sleep with dogs you get fleas". If this person was closely associated with a thief and most likely a drug addict, there is a very good chance he was also.


    Nobody deserves that, BUT stuff happens. One less thief and hopefully a lesson for others.

  • Stan

    O pity for the idiot, what an electrifying death....

  • bill gloshen

    wander if the theft was for hillbilly heroin?

  • JJ

    I could not be less sorry for this idiot.

  • Wowbagger

    A couple of years ago I was in Fayetteville and a fast moving storm or maybe an accident caused by the storm knocked out the power for Fayetteville and the area south of the gorge and north of Oak Hill. The outage seemed to last a long time. The next morning I heard that the repair required some copper cable and someone had stolen the entire inventory of the cable from Appalachian Power's warehouse. They had to go somewhere else in Appalachian Power's service area for cable to fix the problem.

  • Jo

    I am sorry for the family, but so tired of people not willing to work a job. Why do the rules not apply to them?

  • Smokey

    Very sad.

    • Tom

      You're right, Smokey. It is sad to lose your power like that.

  • GregG

    Sorry to hear about those 50 customers being without electric for 3 hours.

  • Jim N Charleston

    A Darwin Award Nominee perhaps?

  • Barry Bledsoe

    Ask and ye shall receive. Reap what you sow. I wonder if he would be alive today if he had been willing to work a real job instead of stealing for a living?

  • Josh

    Perhaps this is evolution's way of eliminating total idiots from the gene pool.

  • Shawn

    Don't steal!