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Two indicted for copper theft from radio towers
Thieves targeted antennas for four stations owned by Radio One in North Royalton
by WKSU's OZIE IKUENOBE

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Two Northeast Ohio residents have been indicted, accused of stealing copper from radio towers in North Royalton. Thomas Carbone and Katie Stanton allegedly broke into the property of Radio One in August. They’re accused of removing copper from the towers for four stations, including 93.1 WZAK, weakening the stations’ signal strength.

Justice Department spokesman Mike Tobin says that with the dip in the economy, more people are scrapping copper and other materials for money.
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“With the mortgage and foreclosure crises, you see houses all over Northeast Ohio stripped of copper and aluminum siding and all sorts of things. So certainly there’s been a big uptick in people illegally taking metal and material that they can sell for a few dollars at scrapyards.”

Tobin says emergency repairs for the towers cost about $11,000 while long-term repairs will cost about $125,000.
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