Mystery in Alabama as entire 200ft radio tower is stolen by thieves
By T.K. Randall
February 12, 2024 · 10 comments
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
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