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City water system hit twice by would-be thieves


July 20, 2005

Of The New Era

An apparent copper wire thief caused about $500 damage in cutting the power cable to the city?s water reservoirs above Turbyne Road.

On July 13, the thief cut a hole in the chain link fence surrounding the reservoirs and cut the power cable. After one failure the thief returned again on July 17.

?It was very dangerous what they were doing,? Police Chief Bob Burford said. ?Because of the type of currents they are, they don?t have the same fuse protections the suspects may have been expecting.?

The cable is connected to part of Public Works? telemetry equipment, used to tra...

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