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    These morons risked their lives for $46.50 worth of copper wire.

    Suspected copper thieves in jail
    Posted: Friday, Mar 21, 2008 - 10:55:09 pm MDT
    By NICHOLAS LEDDEN/Daily Inter Lake



    Two Hungry Horse men were arrested Thursday in connection with the theft of copper wire from a Flathead Electric Cooperative substation.

    Bobby Matthew Matney, 28, and Anthony Michael Conner, 31, are being held in the Flathead County Detention Center pending felony criminal mischief and theft charges.

    Investigators took Matney and Conner into custody at the Dam Town Tavern at 4:40 p.m. Thursday after receiving a tip that linked the suspects’ vehicle to a theft earlier this week at the cooperative’s Badrock substation.

    Authorities recovered 31 pounds of copper grounding wire stolen from the Badrock substation and sold locally to Pacific Steel and Recycling for $46.50.


    The third such theft of copper wire from the Badrock substation since October 2007, the break-in caused between $10,000 and $12,000 in damages, according to Flathead Electric spokeswoman Wendy Ostrom Price.

    With all the risk to their lives and in light of the high repair costs, thieves are taking only $50 to $100 worth of copper at a time, Ostrom Price said.

    The suspects allegedly cut through the fences, ignoring large signs warning of high voltage and danger. Voltage at substations can range from 12,000 to 230,000 volts, but even 120 volts can be deadly if conditions are right.

    “They don’t know how lucky they are that they didn’t get into a situation that could have killed them,” said Flathead Electric General Manager Dave Biggar.

    In addition, holes in the fences around substations pose a danger to children and missing ground wire destabilizes the power system — posing a danger to workers.


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    I've actually seen photos of those crooks who never got out of the substation alive when stealing copper wire. 345kv just kind of blows a human body into several pieces.

    Arkansas News Bureau - Legislation addresses copper theft rise
    Task force working to halt theft of substations' copper : Local News : Knoxville News Sentinel
    wjz.com - Body Found Burning Was Man Trying To Steal Copper
    Copper thieves die trying to steal wire - USATODAY.com

    (no--these are not the graphic safety topic videos I was referring to previously---but I could find them if anyone would like to see)

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    still not illegal to be stupid. You might end up doing illegal things like the above einsteins, or buy a home with no money down (because your damn broke) and a variable interest rate. But you can do lots of stupid things. Some just end up getting you killed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmarcustrucker View Post
    still not illegal to be stupid.

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    Maybe we can post "No Stupid Zone" signs?

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