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7,000 feet of copper wire stolen

SMITH COUNTY (KLTV) - Authorities say 7,000 feet of copper was stolen from a cell phone tower. It happened early Wednesday morning on County Road 333 in Smith County.

That's a little longer than 23 football fields. Under the cell phone tower, authorities say were mounds of cut up copper wire.

A local scrap metal business says that amount of communication wire is worth around $2,500  in scrap metal value. Neighbors say they're still trying to understand how someone got away with 7,000 feet of copper wire without getting caught.

That's too much!" said Jessica Cerna, neighbor. "I don't know, but it must have take time and effort. I don't know how much 7,000 feet is. I can't even picture it."

"I'm just really flabbergasted because I take a sleeping pill and lay down and go to sleep and you can't hear much with the air conditioner on and I'm totally unaware of any activity," said Wanda Tidwell, neighbor. "I'm shocked. I'm very shocked and angry because that's right behind me house!"

Authorities say with no witnesses or surveillance video, it's going to be difficult to pinpoint who exactly did this.

In order to sell scrap metal in Texas, you have to show your driver's license, reveal the make and model of your car and your license plate number. All scrap metal sales are reported to DPS.

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