Reward of up to $75,000 offered for information on North Carolina power grid attack

The Governor of North Carolina and several other organizations offer monetary rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s). responsible for the attack that cut the power across much of Moore County, leaving residents in the dark for nearly a week.

Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that the State of North Carolina, Duke Energy and Moore County are offering up to $75,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case, with each agency offering rewards up to $25,000.

“An attack on our critical infrastructure will not be tolerated,” Cooper said in a press release announcing the award. “I appreciate the coordinated efforts of law enforcement to leave no stone unturned in the search for the criminals who did this and thank Moore County and Duke Energy for matching the state award for information leading arrest and conviction of those responsible.”

Power outage in Carthage, North Carolina
A view of the substation as work is underway as tens of thousands of people are without power in Moore County after an attack at two substations.

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In the attack, which authorities said was deliberate, two electrical substations were damaged by gunfire, causing approximately 45,000 Duke Energy customers to lose power, disable pumps sewage and the closure of schools for almost a week. A emergency statewhich included a curfew, has been in place since Sunday, and Moore County officials said they are investigating a death that may be linked to the power outages.

On Tuesday, Duke Energy officials said power would likely be restored to all customers late Wednesday evening.

The case is also being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. On Wednesday, the FBI released a poster requesting information about the person or persons responsible for the incident.

On Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas addressed the situation, saying the attack “appears to have been deliberate.”

“We are working with energy companies in local communities to address the situation that is affecting electricity reaching homes in targeted neighborhoods,” Mayorkas said. “The question is, is this an act of malfeasance or something else? Early evidence suggests it was deliberate. And the investigation is ongoing.”

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