Albuquerque copper thief likely injured by jolt
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.
Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com