Police are searching for two men who stole more than $30,000 worth of goods and copper wire in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Their target was KSL NewsRadio’s transmission site. The east radio tower is over 400 feet tall and has been there since the 1930s. The actual target of the theft was a building near the tower. The thieves managed to get away with more than $30,000 in copper wire, tools and other goods. “This is stuff that isn’t something that’s going to come right off the shelves,” said engineer Randy Finch. Because of this, the stolen property should be easily recognizable.

The theft included sliced up sections of feed cable that were stripped off large spools in the yard. The thieves cut the cable sections and loaded it into a truck. The thieves also stole a welder and some other tools.

All of this was captured by KSL’s security cameras and recorded in the video below. “We watched one person pick up a box of Scotch rags, just a box of paper towels,” said Finch. “I guess he had a use for paper towels at home so he stuck it under his shoulder and out he went with it.”

When the economy is down, thefts and break-ins at remote radio sites tend to increase. If your station is hit by copper thieves, call LBA for replacement copper ground radials, strap and mesh. Fast delivery!

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LBA Group, Inc. has 50 years of experience in providing RF asset solutions and risk management for industrial and telecommunications infrastructure assets. The group is comprised of LBA Technology, a leading manufacturer and integrator of radio frequency systems, lightning protection, and EMC equipment for broadcast, industrial and government users worldwide; the professional engineering consultancy Lawrence Behr Associates, and LBA University, providing on-site and online professional training. The companies are based in Greenville, N.C., USA.

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