Police have identified a man wanted for stealing copper wire from an Entergy substation, resulting in large-scale power outages last month.
New Orleans Police identified Rickey Telsede, 32, as the suspect seen on surveillance video stealing copper-weld wire from an Entergy substation in the 1800 block of Julia Street on June 29.
An Entergy employee was notified of a trespasser inside the substation around 4:30 a.m., where the employee observed a hole had been cut in the chain-link fence, police said. Upon further investigation, employees found three to five feet of iron and copper wire missing from 21 breaker boxes, 20 tower legs and three transformers. The wire appeared to be cut, police said.
While patrolling in the area on July 1, First District detectives received an anonymous tip stating that the suspect responsible for the theft was a homeless black man who was living in a lot near the substation. Further investigation led detectives to identify Telsede as the perpetrator, police said.
Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Telsede and are also investigating to see if he is responsible for other thefts reported at the Entergy substation. Officials reported wire stolen between June 20-29, and approximately 50 pounds of copper-weld wire was stolen.
The theft resulted in the loss of power across parts of the city.
Once located, Telsede will be arrested for unauthorized entry to a critical infrastructure, theft of utility property and theft of copper and other metals.
Anyone with information on Rickey Telsede’s whereabouts is asked to contact First District detectives at 504-658-6010. Citizens with information that can help solve a crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.