A copper thief is blamed for leaving about 34-hundred Appalachian Power customers in the dark.
Police say they got the call just before 2 o'clock Tuesday morning.
Power was back, less than 3-hours later.
Appalachian Power doesn't think the thief got away with much.
But, spokesperson Todd Burns tells News7, they think the theif got a jolt and is lucky to have walked away.
The Burlington Heights substation carries about 138-thousand volts of electricity.
So, Appalachian Power says anyone who isn't trained or wearing the proper safety equipment is taking their lives into their own hands even entering the substation which has signs saying "no trespassing."
AEP says they've had two incidents of copper being taken in the last two weeks, but these incidents haven't been deadly like in years past.
"In 2010, there were 3 people who died in our service terroritory as a result of trying to steal copper, may more have lost limbs, have been burned and have sustained those kinds of injuries. This is nothing you want to do," explains Burns.
Burns tells News7, you don't even have to be next to the equipment in the substation to be injured.
Appalachian Power says if people are looking to make money off of copper thefts, the best way to do it is to turn theives in.
AEP will pay 5-thousand dollars if you turn in someone who's arrested and convicted.
To report copper theives: 1-866-747-5845
We're learning why some of your homes may have lost power overnight Tuesday.
Roanoke County police heard reports of power being out in areas near Plantation Road, Williamson Road and Peters Creek Road.
Police called Appalachian Power to help.
The power company says someone stole a portion of wire from one of the transformers at the substation on Angel Lane.
The wire theft caused the power outage.
Police don't know who did it.
All the power came back on just before 5:00am Tuesday.