Copper theft deaths

Sep 17, 2007 Full story: 6

These men were electrocuted to death in apparent attempts to steal copper: The decomposed body of Bruce E. Clearwater, 22, of Mason Street, Warren, was found behind an electric transfer station at NRR ... via

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Lemon Bitter

Omaha, NE

#1 Sep 21, 2007
It is a shocking state of affairs

Since: Apr 07

Hermosillo, Mexico

#2 Sep 21, 2007
No candidate for posthumous Darwin Award .

Youngstown, OH

#3 Apr 12, 2008
scrap yards need to be policed not allowed to take scrap copper unless the people show driver license or are reputable contaractors they have no where to sell it the won't steal it
WilliamStationSu rvivor

Elberfeld, IN

#4 Apr 13, 2008
I heard of one incident where two brothers were trying to steal the power line off a dragline. They didnt know it was energized and one of them cut into it with a double bit axe. The electricity came out of him right below his knees and blew his two feet off.

Warehouse, supply men and lab techs need to be very carefull about going out to secluded places at night. I was once out at 2:00 am looking for some containers in one of our old lab buildings. The power was knocked to the building. Halfway through the building i smelled after shave and when i turned to walk back out i could barely see someone standing off to the side. I acted like nothing was going on and started talking out loud to myself. I was hoping maybe he would be too busy thinking about what i was saying rather than thinking about shooting me. I walked straight out of the building and made sure he heard me locking the door and left.

Since: Apr 07

Hermosillo, Mexico

#5 Apr 13, 2008
From all the reports about copper theft - not just in USA but world wide it would appear that the crooks can be grouped into two types:

!] Those that are stupid and get themselves maimed or killed ;


2] Organized gangs where copper theft has become big business - those are the ones you don't want to encounter in the night when they are busy ripping out wiring from farms; highway lighting; solar farms just to name a few targets. These are people that deal in volume and are probably protected with few well placed bribes/ payoffs. As long as copper stays near $4 / lb this activity will thrive with probably most of the material shipped to China where it will be made into more tubing / wire to replace that which was stolen - a vicious cycle .

Hurst, TX

#6 Nov 14, 2008
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