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Spokane Valley Cell Tower Theft Will Cost Company $17,500

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Copper wiring is being stolen from cell phone towers in many cities so the thieves can sell the copper for profit.  Recently, someone stole the copper wire from a Spokane Valley cell tower that will cost the business $17,500 to replace. As of 1:45pm EST today, the price of copper per lb. was  $3.2975.
An employee of the company, which houses equipment for AT&T, Nextel and Cricket, alerted sheriff’s deputies Tuesday to a burglary occurring sometime during the last two weeks,” according to The Spokesman-Review.

Copper wiring was also taken from the ground and the building itself. A grounding bar used to protect workers and equipment from high voltage, stamped with a “Do Not Recycle” notice, was also stolen.

September 19, 2013 |

150 Feet of Wire Stolen From Ohio Cell Tower

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This week in Athens, Ohio 150 feet of wire was stolen from a Verizon Wireless Cell Tower. Verizon reported that the wires on the ground outside of the control office were also cut. The copper wire was also removed from the tower after the thief climbed the tower and unbolted it. Thankfully, cell phone service was not interrupted because of the theft. The cell site had last been visited on August 19th.   

September 10, 2013 |

New Castle Police Are Looking For Thieves Who Stole Copper From Cell Tower

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The New Castle, Pennsylvania police are working to determine who is responsible for stealing the copper wiring from a power substation and a cell phone tower. The first theft was reported last Saturday when approximately 30 feet of copper wire was cut from a Verizon cell tower.

Ever since 2007, metal theft increases have popped up over the United States—even the number of manhole cover thefts increased substantially between 2007 and 2008. A black market for copper has emerged over the past few years, which is why the stealing of copper wiring has been increasing. The closing price of copper per pound yesterday was $3.24. 

August 30, 2013 |

Copper Stolen From Georgia Cell Tower

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Copper wire was stolen from the Gordon Highway cell phone tower in Augusta, Georgia. Cables were cut from at least 10 areas at the base of the tower. The damages were estimated to be about $450 in materials and more than $1,000 in labor. The theft occurred sometime between Thursday, August 1st around 8am and Monday morning.

August 21, 2013 |

Oklahoma Thief Takes $800 Worth Of Fuel From Cell Tower

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Last Thursday, August 8th, Edmond police officers were called out to an American Tower site in regards to a burglary. The lock on the perimeter of the chain link fence had been cut and the fuel tank had been opened using a key. Mark Schlachtenhaufen of the Edmond Sunreported that, “The reporting party said someone stole the keys from Norman and the same key opens all the units.”
The thief was able to get away with around 250 gallons of diesel fuel, which is valued at about $800. The company is now setting up surveillance cameras on the cell towers. Schlachtenhaufen reported that, “Police Officer William Wright stated that he spoke with a worker who said he maintains the generators at several cell phone towers, and several American Tower generators have been burglarized during the past month.”

August 14, 2013 |

Copper Wire Stolen From Verizon Tower in North Carolina

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The Sheriff’s Office of Davidson County, NC is investigating a report of $3,000 in copper wire that was stolen from a nearby Verizon cell tower around July 31st.  A Verizon employee was doing a routine check and noticed that many of the copper wires at the bottom of the tower had been cut. 
August 8, 2013 |

Oklahoma Man Arrested For Stealing Copper From Cell Tower

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A man was arrested in Southwest Oklahoma City for trying to steal copper from a local cell tower. The man’s name has not yet been released but investigators say that the man drove up to the cell tower on his bike and used bolt cutter to try and cut the wire. This tower belongs to AT&T who was very thankful that the suspect was apprehended before any damage was done to the cell tower.
People tend to steal the copper wiring from cell towers in order to sell the copper and make a profit. The market price of copper is high and with the state of the economy, people believe this is a good option to make some cash. The Department of Energy estimated that copper theft is responsible for $1 billion worth of damage every single year.

August 5, 2013 |

Foul Play Is Suspected After American Tower’s Radio Tower Collapses

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It’s not every day that an entire radio phone tower collapses and when it does, it usually raises a few eyebrows and causes some concern. Sunday, July 28th, a cell tower in Contra Costa, California collapses. Thankfully, no one was injured but police suspect that this may have been the work of vandals.
CBS San Francisco reported that, “Officers responded and found that the cables that hold the tower in place had been cut, causing it to fall, police Capt. Mark Ruppenthal said.” This tower stood just over 200-feet and was located west of San Ramon and Danville.

American Tower owns and manages over fifty thousand towers used by cell phone companies, broadcasters and emergency services 

July 30, 2013 |

AT&T Proposes 150-Foot Cell Tower in Gaylordsville, Connecticut

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Gaylordsville, CT may soon be home to another cell tower just a few miles away from the 130-foot cell tower structure that was installed in June. Susan Tuz reported in the News Times that, “AT&T proposes to construct a 150-foot cellular communication tower on property owned by FirstLight Hydro Generating Company, the company that owns Candlewood Lake.”
There will be a public hearing before the Zoning Commission on August 27th at 7pm. The Connecticut Siting Council gets to make the decision regarding the construction of the tower. However, they are required to hear the input from the town’s Zoning Commission. Members of the community are upset that there will be two towers just two miles away from each other. The tower that was erected in June is outside the fire station and it is for public safety. This new tower will serve a different purpose to the residents of Gaylordsville.

“AT&T provides coverage to 18.9 square miles in town. The proposed tower would increase coverage to 19.52 square miles, boosting the reach from 11,814 customers to 11,898, the notification states,” Tuz reported. 
July 30, 2013 |

An Increase in Property Crimes Affects Cell Towers

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When property crimes spike, this increases the chance that items will also be stolen from cell phone towers. In Double Oak, Texas, the DOPD Chief, Derrick Watson, reported that, “On July 15 in the 8100 blk. Justin Rd. (behind the two churches) an unknown person(s) entered a cellphone tower enclosure and removed ten batteries without permission.  Approximate value of missing batteries is $3,500.  On July 22 in the 8100 blk. of Justin Rd. the backup batteries for the cell phone tower were stolen with a loss of approximately $4,200.”

The Double Oak police urge members of the community to pay close attention to their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior. With the area increasing in population, criminal activity is also increasing. Along with batteries being stolen from cell towers, thieves have also been stealing the copper wire in order to resell the copper to make a profit. Always keep your eyes open and report anything unusual to the police.
July 29, 2013 |
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