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Copper wiring stripped from Nanty Glo Park pavilions 2nd time this year


NANTY GLO, Pa. -- The Nanty Glo Municipal Authority is asking for help to find the people responsible for stripping dozens of feet of copper wiring from pavilions at the local park. It's the second time this year the authority said it's been targeted, and it's not sure sure it has the money or the resources to make the repairs a second time.

There are three pavilions at the Nanty Glo Park with yellow coils hanging from the rafters and pieces of plastic piping laying the ground. The authority said it's discouraging, not only because it just went through this seven months ago, but because it's hurting an entire community.

"All that wire was stripped off across to the junction box," said Jay Evans as he showed 6 News the damage Thursday.

The first time they noticed the wiring was gone was in March. This time, the authority said it was tipped off by a hunter last week.

"He said, 'Hey Jay, are you missing any wire?' and I said, 'Why would you ask that?' and he said, "Well, I found a fire where someone's been burning off the plastic tubing,' and I said, "Oh no, not again.'"

Luckily, in March, the authority got some help from local electricians and a donation from Lowe's Home Improvement Store to cover most of the cost.

"You can see they left just bits and pieces, but that's only going to require us to do the whole thing all over again," said Evans.

If they can't secure help again this time, the authority estimates it's going to cost at least $500 to replace the wiring in each pavilion, which is much more than the $50 the thieves will make cashing in.

"I think it's drug-related. I would bet my money. I mean, you don't get enough money here for any other good reason," said Evans. "He could have made this much money picking up cans along a back road somewhere."

But the authority told 6 News that what the thieves took means much more than just the cost it's going to take to repair.

"They're not just punishing us here at the park, they're punishing the whole community," said Evans.

The authority was meeting with a security company Thursday afternoon to look into the possibility of installing cameras. In the meantime, a $500 reward is being offered for anyone with information that leads to a conviction.

 
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Edgar Snyder

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