Thief Strips Copper Wiring From County Radio Tower In Molino

October 12, 2010

Copper wiring valued at over $3,000 was reported stolen Monday from a county radio tower in Molino.

A technician for CES Team One Communications, the company that maintains the radio tower for Escambia County, told deputies that the theft occurred sometime between September 1 and his service visit Monday morning.

The technician told Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators that someone cut a gate lock on the fence surrounding the tower, which is located behind the Escambia County Health Department on Highway 29.

The thief took two copper bars about three feet in length and cut nine, two-foot sections of copper wire; and ten, six-foot sections. The items were valued at $3,450.

According to Escambia County officials, the wiring was part of the tower’s electrical grounding system and no county communications systems were taken off the air by the incident.  Spokesperson Cameron Johnson said the missing wiring would place the tower and equipment at a higher risk of damage from lightning, and replacement items are on order.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the incident is continuing.


3 Responses to “Thief Strips Copper Wiring From County Radio Tower In Molino”

  1. G.D. on October 17th, 2010 1:13 pm

    what do u expect when copper is $3.15 a pound DUHH!!!! FREE MONEY

  2. Molino Mom on October 14th, 2010 3:13 pm

    How sad this is! Probably another one of our Molino drug addicts looking for the cash to buy his next fix. Our world is going to the pot! And it seems there is nothing we can do to stop it. I know of many people who strip copper for cash (legally, from their own belongings..a/c’s and such) and you can get a really good price for this…so no wonder the drug addicts are targeting these places…very lucrative business evidentally. Sad that they are becoming thieves to do it though. Whats new anymore… morals, no guidance..the way of the world anymore.

  3. Horrific! on October 14th, 2010 9:47 am

    Seriously pitiful…..

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