Towers have been targeted by thieves for copper grounding, wiring and even generators. Not often to they go for the whole enchilada. On April 3, several men set out for cut down and entire 150-foot cell tower in a forest in Washington County, Alabama, in order to harvest the scrap metal, according to Fox10 News.
However, when the guy wires of the structure were cut and the tower came down it crashed into the radio shack creating what neighbors said was like a “sonic boom” and the thieves left. After being alerted, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began to patrol the area and nabbed the alleged thieves when they came back three days later to scavenge the scrap metal from the wreckage.
William Cameron, Ricky Reed and David Weaver were all arrested and charged with criminal mischief, a felony, the TV station reported. The three have been charged with a total of 37 felonies in the past.
The tower was not operational at the time, but apparently still had antennas installed.