"A Verona man tried to steal copper pipes from a Home Depot by
inserting the valuable metal into several PVC pipes then putting caps
on the end, authorities said."
"...The pipe was worth $1,876, Sarnicki said."
in pittsburgh a idiot stole a long section of a copper overhead
trolley line by cutting it. the cut end fell on a rail.
if anyone had walked along that rail they would of been electrocuted.
the idiot bragged about stealing the line, he got arrested....
The longer distance train systems in PA/NJ/NY (SEPTA/ NJTransit/Amtrak)
run either 12 or 25 kv on the catenary. Occasionally you read about
folks getting tangled up with it either trying to ride on top of cars or
looking for copper.
Someone didn't do so well locally a few weeks ago. There is a large
manufacturing plant that has been empty for quite some time (remember
being told how that "service economy" thing was such a great idea?). Guy
puts a ladder up to harvest copper wire from the stand of switchgear and
transformers that supply the building apparently thinking they were
de-energized because the building was vacant. Someone found his body the
next day when they were walking their dog.
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