Albuquerque copper thief likely injured by jolt

July 18, 2011 - 11:44 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say at least one vandal was likely seriously injured trying to steal copper from an elementary school because the thieves left behind several melted tools and a scorched T-shirt.

They cut into a power line at East San Jose Elementary School over the weekend and triggered a 480-volt electrical shock.

Albuquerque Public Schools officials tell KOB-TV the vandals were on top of the roof, equipped with tools and a plan to rip off copper wire.

Investigators say the thieves likely knew they were cutting into a live hot-wire but did it anyway.

Police have been checking emergency rooms looking for burn victims.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com