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Wannabe power cable thief in shock horror

February 17, 2008

I haven’t found a good news item about stupid criminals for ages. regular readers will know how much I like them. But here’s one:

BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhuanet) — A badly charred would-be copper power cable thief is being hunted by British police, U.K. media reported on Wednesday.

    The thief, who is expected to be badly scorched, spiky haired, was to cut an 11,000 volt power cable with a hacksaw which was found embedded in the cable Saturday night.

    “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,” a spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said Tuesday.

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