Copper Thieves Target Tornado Sirens

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Elizabethtown police say the demand for copper has thieves resorting to stealing it from tornado sirens.

In the past month, investigators say thieves had stripped copper from six of the city's 11 sirens.

Bobby Heath, who owns the company that tests the sirens, said the sirens failed to sound recently and he noticed the antennas were broken off and copper wiring had been cut out.

Heath said the thieves made off with about $200 from scrapping the copper. But he said it will cost $10,000 to replace the missing parts.

Heath said if the sirens did not go off in an actual emergency, it could endanger people's lives.

Detective Pete Chytla said police have increased patrols near the sirens to try to catch the thieves.

Information from: WLKY-TV,

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AP-NY-07-20-08 0900EDT

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