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Left In The Dark: Copper Thieves Rob Detroit Freeways Of Light
cBS Detroit ^ | 2 Feb 2013

Posted on 02/16/2013 7:57:15 AM PST by shove_it

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - The Michigan Department of Transportation says one-fifth of the lights along freeways in Metro Detroit aren’t working — and copper thieves are mainly to blame. [...] MDOT has identified the area around I-94, east of I-75, as one of the worst hit by thieves. “We are taking measures to try to keep the cabinets safe and secure, but for every move we make, the thieves come up with a counter-move,” said Morosi. [...} And those counter-moves are sometimes deadly. In October, a 34-year-old man was electrocuted at Putnam and Lawton, near I-96, while attempting to steal copper wire from a transformer...

(Excerpt) Read more at detroit.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Michigan
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1 posted on 02/16/2013 7:57:19 AM PST by shove_it
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To: shove_it; cripplecreek

It’s nice to have a happy ending to this otherwise sad story.

Mich Ping


2 posted on 02/16/2013 7:58:54 AM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: shove_it

Who are they kidding? It’s against the law to steal so there has to be something wrong with this article. Nobody would steal anything in detroit (middle east comes to America) now would they? Of course not.


3 posted on 02/16/2013 8:02:27 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: rktman

Hate to break it to ya’, bud. It ain’t Middle Easterners stealing the copper.


4 posted on 02/16/2013 8:03:30 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: shove_it

The fruits of Democrap economic policies in action. Coming soon to a city near you.


5 posted on 02/16/2013 8:05:16 AM PST by Rennes Templar (Business owners work harder! You have to support millions.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Can we all agree that it is racist to try to prevent the theft of the copper wire?


6 posted on 02/16/2013 8:05:58 AM PST by PAR35
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To: 1rudeboy

Roger that but the last time we flew through there, I thought we were in islamabad. On the other hand, the guy that got fried wasn’t too bright. Well, he was for a few seconds.


7 posted on 02/16/2013 8:06:38 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: shove_it

Detroit looks more like Lord of the Flies every day.But that’s to be expected when Rat politicians and Marxist unions march hand in hand for 40 years.


8 posted on 02/16/2013 8:07:25 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: shove_it
"We are taking measures to try to keep the cabinets safe and secure, but for every move we make, the thieves come up with a counter-move"

Hire some snipers.

9 posted on 02/16/2013 8:10:17 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Detroit looks more like Lord of the Flies every day.But that’s to be expected when Rat politicians and Marxist unions march hand in hand for 40 years.

GSC...

Your State of Ma has a few cities not far behind, Ergo Downtown Springfield, I know both Detwaa and Springfield, and Springfield is coming right up along side Detwaa...

10 posted on 02/16/2013 8:14:47 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
The darkening of Detroit continues.

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11 posted on 02/16/2013 8:15:08 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

“Detroit looks more like Lord of the Flies every day.”

More like the abandoned kingdoms in “The Lord Of The Rings”; you can see vestiges/ruins where great men once built great things, and now it is reverting to what was there before those great men came (deer, squirrels, etc.).


12 posted on 02/16/2013 8:15:25 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: shove_it

Shoot them. When the damage done exceeds by magnitudes the value wrought, it is a crime against society, and has to be stopped by any means.


13 posted on 02/16/2013 8:16:49 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Gay State Conservative

Detroit is a City on Death’s door, thanks to Rat politicians and Marxist unions.


14 posted on 02/16/2013 8:17:08 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: shove_it

This should be tagged “Third-World News”.


15 posted on 02/16/2013 8:20:00 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Rennes Templar

The fruits of Democrap economic policies in action. Coming soon to a city near you.
******
Baltimore comes immediately to mind.


16 posted on 02/16/2013 8:20:43 AM PST by Starboard
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To: shove_it

” a 34-year-old man was electrocuted at Putnam and Lawton, near I-96, while attempting to steal copper wire from a transformer...”

Always make sure the power is off first. If a transformer is warm and hummin’, chances are its live. :-/


17 posted on 02/16/2013 8:21:44 AM PST by jughandle
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To: shove_it
but for every move we make, the thieves come up with a counter-move

Imagine what the thieves could do if they put that much effort into something legitimate.

18 posted on 02/16/2013 8:22:45 AM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: USMCPOP

“This should be tagged “Third-World News”.

Good idea. Done.


19 posted on 02/16/2013 8:22:53 AM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: shove_it

A few years ago some college students stole a bunch of stop signs for dorm decorations. This resulted in a couple of fatal collisions. The students were charged with and convicted of murder. I don’t recall the “degree” but it was probably pled to manslaughter. They went to prison. It occurs to me that any fatalities along the dark sections could and should be prosecuted as murder. Perhaps a few high-profile prosecutions might stem the tide.

When the cost of copper was really high, I gave all the scraps from a building I built to one of the laborers. The scrap people wouldn’t buy it. I had to provide him with a note and a copy of my receipt so he could sell it. The buyer was afraid to be prosecuted for receiving stolen goods. Perhaps that’s another way to stop the thefts. I know it works with pawn shops as they used to be the fences for all the local thefts. As far as I know pawn shop fencing has stopped too.


20 posted on 02/16/2013 8:23:42 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: rktman

the guy that got fried wasn’t too bright
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Pretty good pun (BRIGHT), if intended. I wouldn’t be surprised if the city was somehow sued for his “untimely” death.


21 posted on 02/16/2013 8:25:02 AM PST by Starboard
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To: 1rudeboy

I think people would be rather surprised it they took a detailed look at the numbers on muslims in the USA.

The last I read, Michigan ranked 6th in total muslim citizens with California, New York, and New Jersey leading the list. Even Texas made the top 10, coming in at 8th.

Detroit is a whipping boy but in the end I think they’ll come out on top because of the very things people ignore. There is a lot of high dollar property being bought at bargain prices along the river. If I were looking to invest in a future, I wouldn’t be looking at Chicago, NY, or LA. I’d be looking at Detroit because the state is actually trying to ease restrictions and taxes on business.


22 posted on 02/16/2013 8:26:21 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Fresh Wind

23 posted on 02/16/2013 8:28:39 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: shove_it

It’s a shame to see what has happened to Detroit, it used be an incredible town back in the late 50’s early 60’s.


24 posted on 02/16/2013 8:29:10 AM PST by Daryl Dixson (7.62 x 51 Diplomacy)
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To: cripplecreek

I used to work on the border between Detroit and Dearborn. It’s not “politically correct” [chortle] to observe on FR, but the ME’s saved Dearborn from the rampaging horde.


25 posted on 02/16/2013 8:29:40 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

That’s like saying Hitler avoided a Communist takeover of Germany in the 1930s.


26 posted on 02/16/2013 8:31:07 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Umm, no.


27 posted on 02/16/2013 8:31:46 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: jughandle

If they’re jonesing for their next hit of meth, their brains aren’t working too well and they’d never equate ‘hum = live electricity = big zap’.


28 posted on 02/16/2013 8:32:47 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

“You’ll never take me alive, Copper!”


29 posted on 02/16/2013 8:34:04 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

That pun was utterly dreadful and I congratulate you for it, FRiend.


30 posted on 02/16/2013 8:35:36 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: shove_it

If you haven’t yet read the comments posted by readers on this article (published by a CBS affiliated outlet) then you might want to check ‘em out. Some are hilarious but most accurately describe the pathetic state of the city — and the reasons for it.


31 posted on 02/16/2013 8:36:31 AM PST by Starboard
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To: cripplecreek

I’ve been told that many of the new small businesses in Dearborn are owned by Christians who escaped persecution in their native ME lands.


32 posted on 02/16/2013 8:38:02 AM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
“Detroit looks more like Lord of the Flies every day”

Lord of the Flies was a work of fiction.

If you want a comparison for Detroit's downward trajectory Zimbabwe is the best example. Zimbabwe is a real life model of what is happening in Detroit. The only difference is that Zimbabwe does not have billions of taxpayer dollars from honest Americans every year to fund their theft and corruption. Zimbabwe also doesn't have white suburbs its residents can repeatedly rob.

33 posted on 02/16/2013 8:40:11 AM PST by detective
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To: 1rudeboy

There’s plenty to dislike about the muslims but they definitely aren’t Detroit’s biggest problem.


34 posted on 02/16/2013 8:40:44 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: shove_it

There is a strong contingent of Chaldeans in the Detroit area. And interestingly, they are not averse to working behind bulletproof glass.


35 posted on 02/16/2013 8:41:35 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: shove_it

I believe Chaldeans are the single largest group of arab people in the Detroit area.


36 posted on 02/16/2013 8:43:53 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I haven’t been to Dearborn in a while, but I’m fairly certain that the streetlights are still on, the houses are still nicely-kept, and the restaurants still fantastic.


37 posted on 02/16/2013 8:46:30 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Starboard

“... comments posted by readers on this article ... some are hilarious ...”

Yeah. I like the one about the guy training to be an electrician failing OJT.


38 posted on 02/16/2013 8:52:00 AM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: kearnyirish2

Unfortunately it’s not because they are dying off, just moving on to other lands to ravish.


39 posted on 02/16/2013 8:54:41 AM PST by MNDude (Guns don't kill people, Democrats kill people)
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To: shove_it
but for every move we make, the thieves come up with a counter-move,”... And those counter-moves are sometimes deadly... a 34-year-old man was electrocuted... while attempting to steal copper wire from a transformer...

Just a suggestion, but instead of making moves to insulate and protect the copper, perhaps take the opposite tact, and make them totally within reach. Might take a few sensational headlines, but should dry up the well of thieves eventually...

40 posted on 02/16/2013 8:55:47 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: hoagy62

True, wasn’t thinking of the drug angle.


41 posted on 02/16/2013 8:56:57 AM PST by jughandle
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To: dfwgator

lol!


42 posted on 02/16/2013 9:04:27 AM PST by brivette
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To: shove_it

The thought that comes to my mind is why aren’t they also taking the aluminum light poles.

Years ago in West Palm Beach thieves cut the aluminum poles down with chain saws and then into convenient lengths to haul away.


43 posted on 02/16/2013 9:08:30 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: MNDude

“Unfortunately it’s not because they are dying off, just moving on to other lands to ravish.”

They’re also contracepting/aborting themselves into oblivion (in a similar manner to whites, but starting with a lower population). Here in NJ many “black” areas have become Hispanic (to the point where mayors and other elected officials are brown instead of black), and I work with many welfare-queen-wannabes that only have one bastard (because under the 1996 welfare reform cash-for-kids ended - no mo’ money for mo’ chilrun). They have the one just to get on the rolls, but that’s it - and the one eventually grows up, forcing the mom into the workplace. Hispanics passed blacks in numbers 10 years earlier than anticipated - in 2000 rather than 2010 - due in no small part to the welfare reform.

Remember Al Sharpton insisting they weren’t popping out kids for money? Guess they were...


44 posted on 02/16/2013 9:11:02 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Starboard

Intended. ZZZZZZTTTTTT! Probably the city was sued for his future earnings in his chosen field whatever that may have been. Obviously not as an electrician. City will now have to turn off the power at dusk so nobody else is harmed by that evil electricity. We must put an end to all this electrical violence.


45 posted on 02/16/2013 9:23:59 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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46 posted on 02/16/2013 9:25:44 AM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: taildragger
Your State of Ma has a few cities not far behind, Ergo Downtown Springfield...

I am quite familiar with Springfield...far more so than with Detroit.My sister lives near Springfield and my niece is a pediatric nurse in a Springfield hospital.In addition to Springfield we have several others..Lawrence,for example.What all these cities have in common is having been run by Rats for decades.I must say,however,that although I don't know Detroit well (attended the Auto Show twice) I think that Springfield,bad as it is,will take a while to catch up.

With God as my judge...I have seen cities/towns in Asia,Africa and South America that look more "civilized" than the parts of Detroit *I've* seen.

47 posted on 02/16/2013 9:33:47 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: rktman; mickie; seenenuf
"....the guy that got fried wasn't too bright. Well, he was for a few seconds."

He was also delighted for a few seconds. Wonder if he drove a volts-wagon to the crime scene.

I like to read all these current events.

Leni

48 posted on 02/16/2013 9:39:19 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: taildragger

‘Detwaa’? Isn’t that how Detroit is really supposed to be pronounced because of the city’s French origins?


49 posted on 02/16/2013 9:40:06 AM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: shove_it

Detroit still has electricity?


50 posted on 02/16/2013 9:43:30 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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