Albuquerque Copper Thief Receives Big Shock

At least one copper thief in Albuquerque got a big shock Saturday while attempting to steal the metal from a local elementary school -- a 480-volt electrical jolt.

Albuquerque police say thieves atop the school’s roof with tools to take the copper knew they were cutting into a live wire, but they went ahead and did it anyway. At least one suspect is presumed to be seriously injured because of the large jolt.

Police found only melted tools and a scorched T-shirt at the scene of the crime. There was no video surveillance on the school's roof.

Copper theft continues to be a huge problem across the county as prices of the metal skyrocket.

Even so, I suspect the Albuquerque thief will think about his life-altering jolt before trying again to steal by cutting a live wire.

Keith Jentoft, president of Videofied, will also be talking about the topic during the Security Products Virtual Event August 16 with the keynote presentation "Stopping Copper Theft on a Budget -- With Arrests."

Posted by Brent Dirks on Jul 18, 2011

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