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Published on April 02, 2024
FBI Offers $25K Reward for Info on Suspect in Torrance Substation ShootingSource: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The hunt is on for a suspect who authorities say took shots at an electrical substation in Torrance, an act of sabotage that has led the FBI to offer a hefty cash incentive for any intel that could lead to an arrest. A bounty of $25,000 is up for grabs to anyone providing information that brings the perpetrator to justice, the agency announced with a sense of urgency to safeguard critical infrastructure.

On a seemingly peaceful summer day last August, tranquility was broken by the sound of gunfire as an individual, or perhaps a group, attacked the Southern California Edison substation at 21760 Madrona Ave. The FBI, in a statement obtained by KTLA, detailed the events of the incident noting that a transformer was shot and circuit breakers manipulated. Although no injuries were reported, the damage to the property was pronounced.

Surveillance footage has pinpointed a suspect of interest, described as a male dressed in a tan overcoat with a hood, paired with black pants and boots. Photos of this individual have been released to the public in hopes of catching the perpetrator who put communities at risk and attempted to send a vital piece of public utility into a forced outage.

The FBI emphasises the severity of such attacks, reminding the public that tampering with electrical equipment does not just result in inconvenience but poses serious health and safety threats, potentially leading to injury or death. In a press release, the bureau reiterated that vandalism of this nature is not only reckless but also a felony charge waiting to happen, one which carries significant penalties.

Tipsters looking to share information can call the FBI's tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or make a submission online at tips.fbi.gov, where anonymity is an option. This joint investigation with the Torrance Police Department and Southern California Edison seeks to hold those accountable for endangering the community and causing substantial financial harm.