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Mystery in Alabama as entire 200ft radio tower is stolen by thieves

By T.K. Randall
February 12, 2024 · Comment icon 10 comments
WJLX 101.5 FM
Station general manger Brett Elmore (left). Image Credit: Facebook / WJLX 101.5 FM
A radio station in Jasper was silenced earlier this month when its radio tower mysteriously disappeared overnight.
When WJLX-AM general manager Brett Elmore received a phone call from a member of a landscaping crew on the morning of February 2nd, he couldn't believe what he was hearing.

The worker, who had visited the site of the radio station's 200ft tower to conduct maintenance, explained that the entire tower was simply not there - it had completely disappeared.

"When he arrived, he called me on Friday and said, 'The tower is gone,'" Elmore told WBRC. "I said, 'What do you mean the tower is gone - are you sure you are at the right place?'"

"He said: 'No, the tower is gone. There are wires everywhere and it's gone.'"

Sure enough, someone had seemingly made off with the entire thing and although Elmore filed a police report, it doesn't look as though the tower is likely to be recovered anytime soon.
"This morning, my bush hog crew went down to a tower site ... to do an early cleanup of the property before we did some more work down there," a post on the radio station's Facebook page reads.

"When he arrived, he called and notified me that not only was my building vandalized, but my TWO HUNDRED FOOT TOWER WAS GONE!"

"They stole every piece of equipment out of the building, cut the guy wires to the tower and SOMEHOW managed to down a 200ft tower and take it from the property."

Efforts are now underway to raise enough money to replace the tower.

Exactly who stole the old one, as well as how they managed to do it without being seen, remains unclear.



Source: Huffington Post | Comments (10)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog 20 days ago
Well, metal will be sold to a salvage yard somewhere. It's like cases of rails getting stolen. https://www.businessinsider.com/huge-chunks-of-railroad-stolen-massachusetts-2011-6
Comment icon #2 Posted by Cho Jinn 19 days ago
To be sure, the station mostly played Luke Combs' extremely unnecessary remake of "Fast Car".  So, it is a win, in a sense.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Antigonos 19 days ago
Maybe it was alienz.
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin 19 days ago
This is WJLX-AM wishing all a good night and going off the aaaiiirrrrrrr....(creak, crunch, saw-saw...)
Comment icon #5 Posted by and-then 19 days ago
For sure, but you'd think they'd have just knocked it down    Hauling it away must have been a real chore. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Tatetopa 19 days ago
Scrap steel is going for about a quarter a pound $.25-35. A couple of thousand pounds gets you $500- $700 for a night's work.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog 18 days ago
Metal are stolen a bit everywhere, it's possibly a reflection of the economy...   https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/13/us/arrest-made-in-theft-and-destruction-of-jackie-robinson-statue-that-police-believe-was-stolen-to-sell-for-scrap/index.html
Comment icon #8 Posted by Ajay0 18 days ago
I had read about a man getting electrocuted while trying to steal copper from an electric pole or something. He was a drug addict and possibly wanted the money for drugs. I think it is similarly desperate drug addicts involved here as well. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by MrsGently 18 days ago
when copper started to sore in continental Europe it was (as far as I heard) actual gangs taking apart infrastructure (like from DB German Railway)... I think it is not as much on the news as it happens to not give people in unfortunate situations ideas...     It is not really on topic, but popped in my head, it is too funny, read this: the story   LOL 'twice' please note, he did it twice rofl and his name is translated to English 'Funny' I mean... if you'd write a story like that everybody would say: that's too much to be believable, but here we got life and... it is stranger than fiction ... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Piney 18 days ago
I watched a full color video of a guy stealing stuff out of a Atlantic City Electric substation who also stole all of my boss's chainsaws a few years ago. Stupid is....


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