What an IDIOT

Discussion in 'Campfire' started by zane, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. zane

    zane Well-Known Member

    LONDON (Reuters) - Police in central England are hunting for a badly scorched would-be copper power cable thief after finding a hacksaw embedded in an 11,000 volt power cable Saturday night.

    The thief, who also left a lit blow torch at the scene, is expected to be badly charred, spiky haired and not exactly the brightest bulb in the socket.

    "The sheer stupidity of cutting through power cables should be glaringly obvious to everyone," said Phil Wilson, customer operations manager with local power company Central Networks.

    "At the very least putting the hacksaw through the cable would have created an almighty bang and the line would have burned for quite a few seconds, showering them with molten copper... We can only assume they left in a great hurry or they were injured and were dragged away by an accomplice." But searches of local hospitals have so far not found the culprit, a spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said Tuesday.

    "Maybe they had a lucky escape," she said. "We don't have any leads yet."

    Nearly 800 customers in the village of Creswell were cut off when the wannabe copper thief sawed into their power supply on Saturday night, but Central Networks got the lights back on within a few hours.

    Copper prices have more than doubled in the last four years as China has gobbled up huge quantities of it, sparking a wave of copper thefts across the globe from South Africa and the United States to Italy and Britain.

    Thieves targeting power lines and electricity substations have already led to two fatalities in Britain and many serious injuries, while leaving thousands without power.

    (Reporting by Daniel Fineren, editing by Paul Casciato)
  2. Well, duhhhhhh! I don't wish injury off on folks, but people like that deserve what they get.

  3. 10pointman

    10pointman Moderator Staff Member

    What is that Copper price nowadays.I wish I had pickup load of It.My boss told us to throw some away from a remodel job a while back.I said ,Heck no .I'll take it.It was 3 peices of 4/0 25 or 30 ft. long.I took it to the scrap yard and got 50 bucks for it.Kinda like a work bonus.
  4. BUCKSHOT_106

    BUCKSHOT_106 Well-Known Member

    I worked for the high school I attend this past summer. Everytime they would tear any appliance out (Water fountain, ice maker, ect.) I would ask for it and they gladley gave it to me. With the extra hour after work I would strip them down to they copper and aluminum. I ended up with over 100 pounds of copper that was given to me free. :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
  5. Down on the White

    Down on the White Well-Known Member

    It doesn't matter the price it is the shear stupidity of it.
  6. 10pointman

    10pointman Moderator Staff Member

    Yea,It don't get much more stupid than that!

    BEERHUNTER Well-Known Member

    a a man was killed up near walnut ridge last year pulling a piece of copper wire from a high voltage pole with his receiver hitch.they said the value of the wire was 10-15 dollars. STUPID!
  8. Gruntcall

    Gruntcall Well-Known Member

    I lived in St. Louis about 20 yrs ago and they were having the same problem with people stealing the aluminum covers on the street-light poles. Electrocuted a few of the little :censored: :thumb:

    They also used to pull off the interstate, cut the chain link fence, roll it up, toss it in the truck and take off. I guess that fence would add up quick.
  9. JR

    JR Moderator<br>Campfire<br>General Hunting Topics<br

    I'm suprised that "Bud the Dud" or "Mr. Manicure" didn't get it first. Man if they would have known that you were getting all of that they would have blown a gasket! :eek: