Footprints in the snow help police pinpoint time of Shawnee copper thefts

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SHAWNEE, Kan. — Once again, copper was what thieves were after when they ripped up a Verizon cell phone tower in the area of 43rd and Wilder Rd.

Police believe they struck sometime between Feb.2 and  Feb 12. Police say they established that date range from the footprints in the snow.

Four copper grounding bars were stolen, measuring 4″ x 24″. They could sell the copper for about $2,000.

Verizon tower

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2 comments

  • Richard Noggin

    Nice going Shawnee Police. You narrowed it down to a span of two weeks. Your good at pulling people over while speeding, but not so good at actual crime. “Protect and Serve” amiright?

  • Jreed

    Fox 4 are committing gross negligence by falsely stating that 4 bus bars are worth $2000. This does nothing but encourage more STUPID people to go hit tower sites for easy money. The reality is that the thieves got away with about $60 of copper and did $2,000 damage to the site breaking in. As somebody that works in the industry, we’d all appreciate it if you’d stop ENCOURAGING THEFT by making false statements about the value of these crimes!