Deputies looking for information on copper theft

Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 9:14 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 9:14 a.m.

Deputies are looking for information and suspects in a copper theft from a cell phone tower in Archer.

The theft was reported early Wednesday by a field engineer for AT&T Mobility when he went to the cell tower at 12515 SW 170th St., according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said it appeared that the thieves got onto the property by prying up the chain link fence in the northwest corner of the property using a tool of some sort.

Once inside, the intruders removed a total of about 50 feet of copper grounding wire from several different places on the property, Forgey said.

The theft is believed to have happened sometime between Dec. 16 and Wednesday morning.

An AT&T official told deputies that it will cost about $2,500 to replace the stolen copper wire.

Forgey said the theft in Archer is the latest in a two-year-long string of thefts of copper wire from utilities around the county.

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