Radio Tower Stolen
September 11, 2008 at 5:18 AM (PT)
Police in southwestern PENNSYLVANIA say they think ambitious scrap-metal thieves are behind the recent disappearance of a radio transmission tower, writes THE DAILY AMERICAN. The 120-foot tower hadn't been used in years but was a something of a landmark on the outskirts of WINDBER until it vanished this week. PAINT TOWNSHIP police told WJAC-TV, JOHNSTOWN, WEDNESDAY it appeared the thieves threw cables over the guy wires of the tower and then pulled it to the ground with a truck.
Burn marks and cut bolts found at the scene indicate a cutting torch was then used to break the tower up so it could be hauled away. A transformer on the tower held as much as 300 pounds of valuable copper.
The family that owns the tower told WJAC they had been in discussions with an Internet company about using it for a new wireless broadband network. The tower previously broadcast the now defunct WWBR.