Thursday, February 14, 2008

Copper Thieves Get Shocked

Reuters reported Tuesday on some would-be copper thieves.

Police in central England are hunting for a badly scorched would-be copper power cable thief after finding a hacksaw embedded in an 11,000 volt power cable Saturday night.

The thief, who also left a lit blow torch at the scene, is expected to be badly charred, spiky haired and not exactly the brightest bulb in the socket.

I just love that British penchant for understatement!

Copper prices have more than doubled in the last four years as China has gobbled up huge quantities of it, sparking a wave of copper thefts across the globe from South Africa and the United States to Italy and Britain.

Even my mom's former church in Montana had all the copper wiring stolen from their new sanctuary under construction.

If a copper thief has even half a brain, he won't try to steal wire that has 11,000 volts coursing through it. Here's hoping this guy's electro-shock" therapy" will turn him away from his life of crime.

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