This is odd:
Given that they stand some 30 feet tall, their disappearance is attracting a good deal of attention here – even as their final destination remains a mystery.
Thieves are sawing down aluminum light poles. Some 130 have vanished from Baltimore’s streets in the last several weeks, the authorities say, presumably sold for scrap metal. But so far the case of the pilfered poles has stumped the police, and left many local residents wondering just how someone manages to make off with what would seem to be a conspicuous street fixture.
The poles, which weigh about 250 pounds apiece, have been snatched during the day and in the middle of the night, from two-lane blacktop roads and from parkways with three lanes on either side of grass median strips, in poor areas and in some of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods. Left behind are half-foot stubs of metal, with wires that carry 120 volts neatly tied and wrapped in black electric tape.
People will steal ANYTHING.
I say its interrestial life forms confiscating that aluminum for fuel. Why else would the poles be vanishing in broad daylight?
Gold Star for Robot Boy
The aliens in “Close Encounters…” stole high-voltage lines, IIRC.
a guy called larry
Sounds like the illegitimate son of Cool Hand Luke.
At least the thieves thought of the children.
They thought of their own hides. If someone were to get electrocuted, the thieves could be liable to homicide charges.
Colin Powell says it’s evidence of a WMD program.
Betcha we see Bubbles doing this on the next season of The Wire.
Someone’s building an ark.
Any news about zoo critters being kidnapped in pairs?
These poles are going to help the reconstruction effort in Iraq.
Or are you saying that Iraqis don’t deserve street lights too!?
The reason seems obvious: people are gathering poles to celebrate Festivus, which centers around a pole instead of a tree. Isn’t Baltimore a big Festivus town?
Completely off-topic, would anyone in the Baltimore area like to buy an alumninum light post? 30′ tall, slightly used. No reasonable offer refused.
The creatures that were eating manhole covers got hungry for something new?
” But so far the case of the pilfered poles has stumped the police, and left many local residents wondering just how someone manages to make off with what would seem to be a conspicuous street fixture.”
Some years ago, an employee of the street department here in Providence was convicted of stealing manhole covers which he sold for scrap. Has anyone checked out the Baltimore city department in charge of streetlights?
The ulitity pole theives should be hanged from a utility pole