Around $500,000 worth of copper wire was stolen from a stretch of Manhattan subway beneath Broadway from Union Square to Midtown, officials said Friday.
An estimated 38,000 feet of wire was ripped off walls and and stolen from spools inside the Union Square station and up the N/R tracks to W. 36th St., MTA officials and police said.
An overheating electrical substation in the Union Square station led officials to discover the missing wire on Oct. 23, police said. It was not clear to police sources if the wire had been installed, or was waiting to be installed.
The MTA was still working to figure out how the copper was stolen, said sources.
“We take this matter very seriously and will cooperate fully with the independent investigations into what occurred,” Minton said.