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.

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Information from: WLKY-TV, http://www.wlky.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-07-20-08 0900EDT


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  • by someone Location: somewhere on May 24, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    Why do this? These people should be arrested for stealing antennas and wires! The EM, (emergency management) should put up gates around the sirens as of what they do to some sirens in my county. There should also be an alarm installed along the gate that would sound if someone broke an entrance. Then the alarm would inform the cops..................
  • by Terry Location: uh,,,, on Nov 24, 2010 at 07:35 PM
    I Have no idea why people would do this! They need secret spy cameras or somthin to keep them away..... :(
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jul 20, 2008 at 06:10 PM
    I hope that lightning strikes the thieves as they climb up to take those antennas off to steal the copper. Maybe the city should put 10,000 volts on top of the pole and shock them to death when they try to steal it. I'd much rather them get killed than hundreds of others who don't get the warning they need in the event of an emergency.
  • by sandy Location: kentucky on Jul 20, 2008 at 01:29 PM
    I've said all along to ban the purchasing of copper then there would be no reason for anyone to steal. The government steps in on everything else why not this. If all else fails, companies should be able to put electric fences around target items, then if it someone gets elexecuted it will be there tough luck. Shouldn't have been there in the first place.
  • by stan Location: fburg on Jul 20, 2008 at 10:55 AM
    Don't worry about your house blowing away just as long as you got your case of beer

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