Police Investigate Phone Wire Thefts in Franklin County

Police Investigate Phone Wire Thefts in Franklin County

Pennsylvania state police say within the last six months, they have seen a relatively dramatic increase in the number of commercial grade wire thefts.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police say within the last six months, they have seen a relatively dramatic increase in the number of commercial grade wire thefts in Franklin County.

Less than two weeks ago, police say someone stole about 500 feet of telephone wires on the corner of Shimpstown and Corner Road in Montgomery Township. They say the thief might have used a white bucket lift truck to get up to the wires.

"We’re running into anywhere from four to five cases per month which is costing tens of thousands of dollars that doesn't include costs to the company [and] manpower to replace material," said Pennsylvania State Trooper Edward Asbury.

But why are these thieves after wires? It’s the metals inside they want.

"In recent years, the price of all metals even precious metals have gone through the roof so they are very desirable for people looking to make money," said Asbury.

American Recycling in Waynesboro says copper is worth anywhere from $1 to $2.10 a pound. Thieves can therefore make quick cash if they bring wires to recycling centers.

Police say wire thefts can threaten the safety of communities when phone service is cut off and people cannot call 911. That is why they want people to keep an eye out for these crimes.

"Things such as bucket trucks at odd hours, people not dressed in company uniforms," said Asbury.

Investigators say they are not sure at this point if the thefts are connected.

There is a reward of up to $2,500 if you can help catch the person responsible for the latest theft in Waynesboro where 500 feet of wires was stolen. Police say it happened on November 16 near the intersection of Shimpstown Road and Corner Road.

Call Franklin County Crime Solvers at (717)-263-3000 if you have any information.

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