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Two Dudes Busted Stealing Copper Wire from Cell Phone Tower

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Two dudes were busted Saturday trying to steal copper wire from a cell phone tower in Pasadena.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that John Michael White, 51, of Fontana and Donald Robert Fish, 44, of Hesperia, were arrested. Police said they caught Fish near the scene and chased White into some bushes nearby.

Guys, there are easier ways to get little hooks for your Christmas ornaments.

Police said Fish and White broke into the tower with bolt cutters, then started swiping copper wire from boxes belonging to several different companies. They loaded the wiring into a truck, where Pasadena police recovered it all, but there was still around $50,000 in damage.

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This probably never would have happened if they had disguised the cell phone tower as a tree. Just a thought.