WABASH, Ind. (WANE) Indiana Conservation Officers have launched an investigation after significant damage was done to a Heartland REMC substation on November 25. The substation is located near the Red Bridge Marina on Mississinewa Reservoir Property. The substation lost power that night after someone shot the substation transformer.

Photo of damaged substation provided by Indiana DNR Law Enforcement District 1

REMC personnel discovered the bullet hole in the substation transformer that had penetrated the radiator. Other bullet damage was apparent on the outside of the transformer, but did not penetrate it. REMC personnel did find spent rifle cartridges nearby which officers will examine as possible evidence.

Damages to the substation are estimated to be $400,000 or more. REMC is offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person(s).

Anyone having observed suspicious activity in this area or has information relating to this incident should call Indiana Conservation Officers Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536