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Alleged copper thief dies at Hydro-Québec site

Quebec provincial police believe a man found dead next to a Hydro-Québec facility northeast of Quebec City was killed trying to steal copper.

Quebec provincial police believe a man found dead at a Hydro-Québec facility northeast of Quebec City was killed trying to steal copper.

Police received a call at 1:30 a.m. Thursday after someone spotted a body outside the Hydro-Québec distribution centre in Saint-Tite-des-Caps.

Sureté du Québec Sgt. Ann Mathieu said investigators believe the man died during a theft attempt.

"One of the hypotheses is that the man was electrocuted while attempting to steal copper from a hydro pylon," said Mathieu.

Police are looking for another person who may have been with the man when he died.

Saint-Tite des Caps is located about 50 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.

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