Suspected copper thieves destroyed a radio station tower just south of Grant on US 271 in Choctaw County. The falling tower also destroyed a nearby building. Sheriff Terry Park reported that the stolen copper was worth a few hundred dollars, but the damage caused to the tower and building was about half a million dollars. They have not made any arrests, and the investigation is continuing.
From Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park
AT APPROXIMATELY 5:45 AM, CCSO DEPUTY John Redman Choate RESPONDED TO A TOWER BEING DOWN SOUTH OF GRANT ON THE EASTSIDE OF 271 NORTHBOUND SCALEHOUSE. THE TOWER WAS PROPERTY OF 95.5. IT APPEARS AT THE MOMENT THAT SUSPECTS WERE STEALING COPPER AND CUTTING THE WIRES, HOLDING THE TOWER UP, AND BRINGING THE TOWER TO THE GROUND. LOSS OF COPPER A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS, DAMAGE TO THE TOWER AND BUILDING APPROXIMATELY 500,000.00.