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Thursday, September 5, 2013
Copper thieves strike Verizon cell tower facility
GLOUSTER - Athens County Sheriff Patrick
Kelly said Thursday a Verizon employee reported
the theft of approximately
150 feet of copper wire. The theft is thought
to have occurred between Aug. 8 and Sept 4 on Antle Orchard
1 mile from
Route 13 near Glouster.
Deputy Tabler reported
the ground wire was outside of the controloffice and entry was gained
by cutting the fence on the southeast corner
of the compound. Subjects entered then removed all copper wire that was
accessible, including the bus ground. The
thieves had to climb a tower to disconnect the wire. Other gauge wire
appeared to be cut by bolt cutters.
No service was interrupted by the theft. Photos
and statement taken of the site and the case remains under investigation.