Copper thieves scale great heights in Iowa

Published On: Oct 17 2012 05:50:42 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 17 2012 05:49:00 AM CDT
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) -

Thieves are scaling great heights in Iowa in the search for copper, yanking wiring from cellphone towers and wind turbines.

KETV-TV in Omaha, Neb. says Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says thieves are risking jail or death for a few dollars.

Danker says there are over 40 wind turbines and nearly a dozen cellphone towers from Avoco to Council Bluffs, and patrolling them all is a problem.

Authorities recently caught two men on top of a cellphone tower near the Lewis and Clark Monument in Council Bluffs. They were arrested for criminal mischief and burglary.

Officials say one of the men was wearing gloves and gear to keep him from falling.