May 24, 2012 12:43 AM by Jacqui Heinrich

Copper wire theft nearly cancels Territory Days

Tuesday night copper wire thieves struck again, but this time it almost cost us the Territory Days Festival.

Jim Wear organizes the Territory Days Festival in Colorado Springs every year. When he went to set up, he was shocked to find his extension cords missing from his truck. Police say it's the work of copper thieves.

The loss sent Wear racing across the Springs to replace the missing equipment. He said it wasn't possible to replace everything in one stop at Home Depot- he had to go to several. "We have to have the cords. This is how the city electricians get power to the's gonna take two people all day to strip the copper out. While it costs us $2,000 to replace them, they're gonna get 20 bucks for the copper," he said of the thieves.

Wear isn't the only one to be ripped off; from churches to downtown streetlights, copper thieves have been stripping the city of its wire. There have been more than 50 cases in the past month alone. Police say that's reason to keep a close eye on your belongings.

The Colorado Springs Police Department has designated a special Metal Theft Task Force dedicated solely to finding and stopping these criminals, but until they're stopped, people like Wear will suffer. Luckily for the rest of us, the Territory Festival is so important to Wear, he spent the last 23 hours ensuring it would go on uninterrupted.



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