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Thieves go to great heights to strip copper from cell towers
By Maria Miller
STONEYCREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Police said thieves put their lives at risk early Friday morning by climbing hundreds of feet in the air to steal copper.
6 News has covered several copper thefts throughout the region locally, but this one really
stands out, not only because of the amount of wiring the thieves were able to get away with, but because of the incredible skill and trouble they went through to get it.
Police said they were called to the top of Wertz
Road in Stoneycreek Township Friday morning after workers for Atlantic Broadband discovered much of the wiring around their substation was gone.
"They basically took everything they could take without disrupting any service whatsoever," said Sgt. David Pollino of the Stoneycreek Township Police
He said warning signs were ignored and fences were cut in several places to gain entry. When looking up a couple hundred
feet, one wire can even be seen dangling from the top of the towers. And police said the the only way for the thieves to get up there is to climb, "which you really don't see normally. They just get as high as they can and take what they can get their hands on. But not in this particular case. I mean, they actually spent some time on site."
And police said that alone tells them the thieves were skilled, not mentioning the fact the thieves knew
to a problem.
"It's dangerous, I mean the stuff that was taken would definitely cause danger to people around it
because it's high-current electricity " said Pollino. "If something was diverted to a ground wire that isn't there, obviously it could charge anything that it's attached to."
It's about a mile to the top of the mountain but police said the thieves didn't drive up. Instead, at least three sets of footprints and drag marks show the thieves walked down the hill and through the woods before getting away.
They said they're not yet sure