IDIOTIC thieves have cut through live electricity cables still attached to pylons next to Clay Lane in Kirton Lindsey.
Their mindless actions then caused several pylons to fall down damaging fences and outbuildings in Ings Road.
The thieves used a vehicle to transport the cables away from the scene, but it is not known which direction they headed in.
Police in North Lincolnshire are now warning people about the dangers of stealing electrical cables after the incident, which happened between 9.45pm and 10.15pm on Saturday, January 28.
A North Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “This incident clearly demonstrates the lengths that thieves will go to in order to steal cables to ultimately weigh in for their own financial gain.
“This type of crime is highly dangerous, not only for those involved but also for other members of public as it can result in live wires being left exposed or worse.
“It can also be very disruptive to residents in the wider area surrounding the theft as stealing electrical cables can cause power cuts leaving residents, businesses and local road networks with no power.
“In this instance, thieves have made off with a quantity of high voltage electrical cable which not only caused the power to short but also caused damage to some nearby fencing and out buildings as the cables being cut caused some pylons to fall over.
“We would ask for the public, particularly in rural areas, to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity right away as the thieves may not only visit the area prior to removing the cable but are also likely to be anything other than quiet when they return to carry out their crime.”
Anyone with information should call Humberside Police on 101 quoting log 760 of January 28, 2012 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.