2015-04-29 / Features

Cops: Imposter Stole Copper Cell Tower Wire

By Liz Goff
Police in Astoria are searching for a man wanted for stealing copper wire from a rooftop cell tower.

Cops said the man impersonated a Sprint cell phone employee to make his way to the roof of an apartment building on 42nd Street and 31st Avenue at about 10:50 a.m. on March 15.

The man stole a partial bale of copper grounding wire from a Sprint cell phone tower on the building and fled southbound on 42nd Street, carrying the bundle, police said.

Police last week released a surveillance photo of the man (see photo,) who is described as a Hispanic male, 40-years-old, five-feet, eight-inches tall and 200 pounds.

Cops said the suspect was wearing blue jeans, black boots, a gray sweatshirt and black vest at the time of the robbery.

Police officials are reminding area residents to remain alert and think, before letting unknown individual(s) into their home or apartment building. “Do not, under any circumstances, let anyone into your home without proper identification,” police said. “If you are expecting a delivery, a utility worker or repair person, be sure to check and verify identification before opening your door.”

For additional information, call the Crime Prevention officer at your local police precinct.

Police are urging anyone with information on the copper wire thief to call the Crime Stoppers HOTLINE or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

The HOTLINE is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.










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