On Sunday night an unidentified man was killed by electric shock while apparently attempting to steal metal from an Eesti Energia substation.
The incident occurred at 8:30 p.m. in the Tallinn suburb of Nõmme.
"Tools found at the scene and equipment damage suggest that the accident occurred during an attempted metal theft," said Tarmo Mere, head of Eesti Energia's distribution network.
Over the past three months, 26 metal thefts were reported in Harju county, 17 of which were committed in Tallinn. The total damage of these crimes was 2.5 million euros.
In the 1990s, metal theft in Estonia was rampant, with hundreds of kilometers of electric train and phone cables stolen each year and public statues frequently disappearing. Though authorities have since clamped down on the practice by introducing stricter regulations on scrap metal trading, the problem persists.
One resident of the Pirita district of Tallinn reported that a neighborhood statue has vanished several times this year.