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Copper thieves target highway light wiring, costing taxpayers thousands

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  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    Theft prevention in this case should be a very simple engineering matter: Every dozen meters or so, wrap the underground wire around an insulated cross-section of buried/anchored rebar. This would break the wire or rip the bumper off the truck.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    A sad reflection of the state of our economy... when thieves can make real money by stealing electrical wire.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    Nice job DN, you just told wannabe copper thieves how profitable this venture is and how to get the job done. How many of these bandits are actually caught, and how are they prosecuted? Are these crooks ever required to pay back this debt to society? And, locking them up just costs taxpayers even more money. Obviously, our judicial system was designed by lawyers who were thinking more about lining their own pockets than serving justice to society. Serving time doesn't rehab anyone. Working off the crime does.