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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Copper thieves hit Spokane Valley cell tower

From staff reports
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is looking for suspects in the theft of copper wiring from a Spokane Valley cellphone tower company that will cost the business $17,500 to replace. An employee of the company, which houses equipment for AT&T, Nextel and Cricket, alerted sheriff’s deputies Tuesday to a burglary occurring sometime during the last two weeks, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. Copper wiring was also stolen from the ground and the building itself near Locust Road and Montgomery Avenue, investigators said. A grounding bar used to protect workers and equipment from high voltage, stamped with a “Do Not Recycle” notice, was also stolen. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in the case to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, or online at A cash reward is being offered.