Copper Theft Takes Three Jonesboro Radio Stations Off Air
Copper theft on Monday 17th September at KIYS-FM the East Arkansas Broadcasters local radio tower on Craighead County Road 775, Jonesboro AR, caused more than $80,000 in damages to steal $1,000 worth of copper.
The theft was discovered when a station employee received a call advising the station was off the air.
On reaching the tower to reset the breakers, he found the chain to the gate had been cut and about $1,000 worth of copper wire had been stolen. There was severe damage to the generator and the wiring inside the building.
Thieves had cut the main wires to the reserve generator then hooked a rope or cable onto the wires and used a truck to pull the wire out of the ground and building.
The suspects had turned off the propane leading to the generator and had knowledge of which wires were live and which were not. Damage to the generator and building has been put at $80,000.
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