Pair allegedly goes to great heights for copper theft

A couple is accused of climbing more than 40 utility poles to steal miles of copper from supply lines in Calverton. Police say Robert Blackmore and Tanya Wigley cut more than 26,000 feet, or 5 miles

News 12 Staff

May 5, 2008, 11:24 PM

Updated 5,917 days ago

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A couple is accused of climbing more than 40 utility poles to steal miles of copper from supply lines in Calverton.
Police say Robert Blackmore and Tanya Wigley cut more than 26,000 feet, or 5 miles worth of copper transmission lines from poles on Connecticut Avenue. The stolen copper was worth about $90,000, authorities say.
When the two were caught, they allegedly had wire cutters, climbing gear and 1,000 feet of copper on them. Blackmore and Wigley are charged with grand larceny.


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