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Old 10-28-2008, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Default Suspected copper thief gets a shocking surprise

Boy has copper theft really taken off. Friday afternoon the police busted a man inside an abandoned hotel/building here in Clarksburg who was stealing copper. He got off easy compared to this guy:

Suspected Copper Thief Burned - www.wboy.com (http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=46014 - broken link)

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Dallas -- A suspected copper thief was hospitalized with severe burns on his body after investigators said he was trying to steal live copper wire. He has been identified as 41-year-old David Walker of Valley Grove.

According to Chief Deputy Pat Butler, a call came in at 1:00 a.m. Saturday about a sparking transformer in the Dallas area.
Units from Valley Grove found bolt cutters at the scene and a hat with a hole in it from an apparent electrical charge. Valley Grove, along with Clearview, used thermal imaging in the belief they might find an injured person in the woods.
Several hours later, according to Butler, someone drove Walker to the emergency room with severe burns. He was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital burn unit.
Butler said that due to the severe nature of his injuries, Walker will not be charged at this time.
Uh, I'd say he was charged all right!
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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Yeah... he needs a good grounding in what's right and wrong.
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Falling Waters, WV
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There was a guy where we used to live that went to an old empty store (had been empty for years) and tried to steal the copper and electrocuted himself to death Stupid idiot lived in the area and knew that they kept lights on. We wondered why all the lights went out in the parking lot and then we read about what happened in the paper.

Of course he was an upstanding member of the community and family man...blah, blah, blah.
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Sterling
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Shocking story! An electrifying read! I promise to quit now
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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Serves him right. I think they should charge him anyway. The other charge, that is.
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:01 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I'm not trying to be off-topic, but I believe that this page has more puns that any that I have ever read on City-Data. What a team! reps coming.
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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I think the authorities would get a lot of static about charging a man on his death bed.
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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I just don't want authorities to send the wrong message to other dumb criminals who might get the idea they will beat the rap if they get hurt during the commission of a crime.
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Charleston, WV
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LOL. You guys are very witty.
(PS, we need a laughing icon).
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Everything's bigger in Texas, even the idiots

~Mark
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