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Zap! 11,000 volts of partially fried thief
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Under the heading of stupid criminal tricks:
Police in central England are hunting for a badly scorched would-be copper power cable thief after finding a hacksaw embedded in an 11,000 volt power cable Saturday night.

The thief, who also left a lit blow torch at the scene, is expected to be badly charred, spiky haired and not exactly the brightest bulb in the socket.

"The sheer stupidity of cutting through power cables should be glaringly obvious to everyone," said Phil Wilson, customer operations manager with local power company Central Networks.

"At the very least putting the hacksaw through the cable would have created an almighty bang and the line would have burned for quite a few seconds, showering them with molten copper... We can only assume they left in a great hurry or they were injured and were dragged away by an accomplice." But searches of local hospitals have so far not found the culprit, a spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said Tuesday.
If they find him - or her - tango uniform, it should be an automatic entry for this next year's Darwin Awards.
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The thief, who also left a lit blow torch at the scene, is expected to be badly charred, spiky haired and not exactly the brightest bulb in the socket
Oh I dunno.....after getting such a zap, he’s probably got a nice glow about him
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I think the ALLEGED thief has a good case against the power company. Shouldn’t they have warning signs every 20-40 cm on their cables explaining the dangers of cutting into live power lines? Further, the casing on the power line needs to be hack saw resistant, obviously this is not the first time this has happened. I believe a good law suit with PUNITIVE damages would send a good message to the greedy corporate barons of "Big Power" about their rather cavalier attitude towards Public Safety.
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i love u joe
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The theif was heard to say... "Mind if I smoke?"

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