Police seek copper thief

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An Augusta copper thief's caper came to a shocking conclusion this week after he cut into a live power line.

More than 700 volts of electricity traveled through the thief's hand and out of his feet after he clipped the wire, which was attached to a power box inside the former Ray Anthony International building on Sandbar Ferry Road. The incident happened between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

"The guy cut into a live wire, and it knocked his gloves and hat off," according to Richmond County Investigator Kendall Brown.

The building had been closed for several months but was recently sold to a trucking company, Investigator Brown said. When workers arrived, they found a pair of wire cutters still attached to the box and the thief's charred gloves nearby. Black electrical burns surrounded the area.

Copper thefts have become common in Richmond County and across the country as the price of copper has risen. On Thursday, a pound of copper was trading for about $3.78 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

"He may have gotten out of all of that maybe $70," Investigator Brown said. "It's going to cost $8,000 to $10,000 to rewire all of that."

Investigators tracked his footsteps and believe he made his way to a wooded area nearby. Investigator Brown said they are checking with hospitals to determine if anyone has been admitted with serious electrical burns.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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common-sense-justice
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common-sense-justice 05/02/08 - 04:44 am
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AWWWWWWW, Ain't that a shame

AWWWWWWW, Ain't that a shame he got burned... That is what needs to happen to all of these scumbags and maybe some of this stealing will stop.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/02/08 - 05:28 am
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Morons don't read the paper.

Morons don't read the paper. This stupidity will continue. Good humor.

christian134
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christian134 05/02/08 - 05:33 am
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Wondered if he managed an

Wondered if he managed an "Oops"....:-)

G MAC
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G MAC 05/02/08 - 06:09 am
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as bugs bunny would say "what

as bugs bunny would say "what a maroon"

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 05/02/08 - 06:50 am
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Most probably will sue

Most probably will sue because the power was still on :-)

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gogbd 05/02/08 - 07:04 am
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If you're going to be dumb

If you're going to be dumb you had better be tough

common-sense-justice
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common-sense-justice 05/02/08 - 07:07 am
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Christian, I doubt if he

Christian, I doubt if he stopped at "Oops"...... My words in a similar situation would not be fit for print..lol.

happythoughts
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happythoughts 05/02/08 - 07:14 am
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whoever did that won't be

whoever did that won't be working for a while, if ever. Their career may have ended.

Freeman
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Freeman 05/02/08 - 07:20 am
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Only problem is He's still

Only problem is He's still out there planning his next theft.... but it might take him a while to get back on his feet, er... foot?

christian134
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christian134 05/02/08 - 07:23 am
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I agree common-sense....I

I agree common-sense....I agree...:-)

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sharpshooter 05/02/08 - 07:44 am
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I hope the 'ground' was not

I hope the 'ground' was not wet from rain or dew, he may have been totally 'shocked' if it was!

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sharpshooter 05/02/08 - 07:47 am
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It is not the volts that hurt

It is not the volts that hurt so much, it the amps that will kill you. A lesson he could preach to us all, later this month.

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cricketflea 05/02/08 - 07:49 am
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He deserved all those volts

He deserved all those volts ........and a few more!!!

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1trugent 05/02/08 - 07:59 am
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What a shocking experience!

What a shocking experience!

lostmymind
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lostmymind 05/02/08 - 09:05 am
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toooo bad!!!

toooo bad!!!

UncleBill
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UncleBill 05/02/08 - 11:26 pm
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Thinning the herd.

Thinning the herd.

tonytonytony
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tonytonytony 05/03/08 - 01:55 am
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As long as these clowns have

As long as these clowns have a place to sell it they will steal it. The damage was $8-10,000. The dealers caught buying from the thiefs need to have to pay the repairs. Guess what, that might stop them from buying from the little sleeze bags crack heads. What a wacked out fool. Three dollars plus is what it is worth and they giving the crack heads i bet no more than 50 cent a pound. Good profit unless you paying for repairs to the places that are damaged. Give that some though MR STRENGTH. That might stop this destroying of peoples propety for pocket change. $10,000 damage for $70 of copper that the thief might have got $10 for. I bet this wacked out fool is out stealing again and guess who is there waiting to give him chump change for it, knowing he tore up peoples propety to get it. Cut off the source thats buying, they stop stealing. SIMPLE

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luv2scrapbk 05/03/08 - 01:59 am
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hahahahahahaha omg too

hahahahahahaha omg too funny....serves the ignorant fool right!!!

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RollingEyes 05/03/08 - 09:00 am
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tonytonytony, scrap metal

tonytonytony, scrap metal doesn't come with serial numbers on it. Its quite a jump to assume that all recycle places knowingly buy stolen scrape metal.

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tonytonytony 05/03/08 - 09:27 am
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Rolling eyes i am not even in

Rolling eyes i am not even in the scrap metal business but i think i could spot 95 % of the stolen metal that is brought in. Your problem is maybe your eyes roll to much. People that haul scrap for a living bring in truck loads of all kinds of objects. A dumb crack head will bring in a $70.00 peice of wire. Does that sound that hard to you. If it does maybe you need to go in the recycle business like the others. I didnt say all of them knowling buy stolen metal. But i think most do. Plus most people that are in the scrap selling business know what the stuff is worth. These crack heads will take 10 cent on a dollar because they know its stolen and they just want a fix. Get real.

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