Thieves have stolen 1km of live power lines from Port Stephens.
Ausgrid crews spotted the cut lines near Masonite Road between Tomago and Heatherbrae yesterday, and a further inspection found around 12 spans - or a kilometre of copper cabling - was gone.
General Manager of Asset Management and Operations Sam Sofi said it caused significant damage.
“Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident and we are again warning people that they are risking their lives by interfering with live electrical wires.
“We are very fortunate that this incident didn’t end with a fatality as this is incredibly dangerous and reckless behaviour, no amount of copper is worth your life”, Mr Sofi said.
The same area was targeted by thieves back in August, and there's been several attempts in parts of Lake Macquarie so far this year.