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Thieves steal 120-foot radio tower for scrap metal

By Chris V. Thangham     Sep 10, 2008 in Crime
Thieves stole an entire radio tower belonging to a small town in Pennsylvania. They took away the 120 feet of steel and copper from the tower.
Police in Somerset County are investigating the incident of how a whole radio tower was stolen without anyone noticing it.
The detectives think the thieves must have thrown the cables over the old Windber radio tower and pulled it down with a truck. They found cut bolts and blow torch marks near the tower area. The thieves must have cut them into small pieces so as to avoid detection from the wooded area.
Paint Township Police Chief Rick Skiles told WJAC TV that the thieves also stole a 300-pound transformer full of copper near the radio tower.
The radio tower was not in operation for some years, but the family that owns it was planning to use the tower to bring wireless internet services to Windber town.
Jay Shaffer told WJAC TV:
There was an Internet company that approached my son. That's all gone now, so what're you going to do? He lost a good bit of money.
The family is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.
If you have any information call the PA police dept at 1-800-362-5060.
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