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RJ: theft of copper wires affects the circulation of Metro lines

A theft of pieces of copper wire and equipment from the MetrôRio concessionaire affected the operation of three subway station lines in Rio de Janeiro, this Tuesday morning (14).

According to the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro, agents from the 41st BPM (Irajá) were called during the early hours of the morning to report a theft at a substation of the MetrôRio concessionaire, in the Colégio neighborhood, in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro.

In a statement, the unit's command stated that armed men captured the employees and stole pieces of copper wire, as well as various equipment from the company. However, the suspects managed to escape before police arrived.

Also on Tuesday morning (14), at around 6:20 am, MetrôRio reported that operations on Lines 1, 2 and 4 had been reestablished and all stations in the system would now be open, and operating normally, without restrictions.

There were no reports of injuries and policing was reinforced around the metro stations in the Pavuna and Colégio neighborhoods. The Civil Police are working on the case that is ongoing at the 27th DP (Vicente de Carvalho).

Forensic examination was requested for the location and agents are looking for images from security cameras to identify the criminals.

Source: CNN Brasil

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