Tornado alley sirens stripped of copper
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA- A former town councilman of a small outside Oklahoma City faces charges for using work-release prisoners to steal copper wire from emergency sirens that warn of tornadoes.
James Smith faces six counts of theft, and investigators say he sold the copper for $157.95 and paid the prisoners $120 for their help. The sirens had not been installed and were in storage. Authorities say the sirens were gutted, at Smith's direction.
Several tornadoes touched down in the area last month.
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