Copper cable worth $250,000 stolen from rail tunnel

  • Fri May 11th, 2012 9:46pm
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Associated Press

SEATTLE — Sound Transit officials say someone has stolen about 70,000 pounds of valuable copper cable from a tunnel inside the elevated light rail track between Seatac and Seattle.

Ron Griffin heads the Sound Transit police. He puts a street value of about $250,000 on the 22,000 feet of cable and says it was likely cut up and carried out chunk by chunk.

The transit agency’s Bruce Gray said Friday the missing cable poses no danger to trains or passengers. He says it protects the structure from any stray currents.

KING-TV reports that the agency thinks the copper has been sold to a metal dealer by now. Officials are asking the public to contact the King County sheriff’s office with any information about who might be responsible.