DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police say a man who was apparently trying to steal copper from a transformer on a DTE Energy pole was electrocuted.

Police told WWJ Newsradio 950 that an investigation is ongoing but they believe the 34-year-old man was attempting to remove the copper from inside the pole, located at Putnam and Lawton, near I-96.

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Police said he was then electrocuted by a live wire, causing him to fall off his ladder and be left hanging.  He appears to have died sometime overnight

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A DTE crew cut power to the pole and used a cherry picker to bring down the man’s body.

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His name was not immediately released.