KSL-AM's transmitter site looted by copper thieves


The two men who got away with more than $30,000 in goods and copper wire and police are looking for them. The heritage news-talk Bonneville station’s operations weren’t affected, but the transmitter building near the AM towers was broken into and $30,000 in copper wire, tools and other goods were pillaged.

CE Randy Finch told KSL.com that metal recyclers should be able to recognize the stolen property. The loss specifically includes sliced up sections of feed cable that the thieves stripped off larges spools in the yard, cut up into sections and loaded into a truck.  They also got away with a welder and other tools.  The thefts were recorded on video.

“We watched one person pick up a box of Scotch rags, just a box of paper towels,” said Finch.  “I guess he had a use for paper towels at home so he stuck it under his shoulder and out he went with it.”   Over the past 30 years that Finch has worked at the site, he’s seen other similar thefts.  He said it seems when the economy turns more sour, thefts and break-ins at the remote site pick up.