Copper thieves hit three television towers east of Roswell Sunday and Monday. The subjects took copper and scrap metal from the towers and stole the compressors from equipment rooms that heat and cool the towers.
According to the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, this is not the first time that the towers outside of town have been scavenged for metal. Last summer, one subject received an electrical burn when he attempted to climb a tower. “You can receive a nasty shock off those towers.” said Lt. Britt Snyder.
The damages run into the thousands of dollars. “I’m sure it’s going to be expensive to repair the towers,” he said.
He noted Channel 7, 8 and 10 were all affected. Although he could not say if the incidents were connected, Snyder mentioned a number of churches in Roswell that had also suffered damages after losing commercial air conditioners.
Snyder urged people to pay close attention to what they see and to call law enforcement immediately. “We need for citizens to stay alert and contact us when they see anything suspicious.” he said.