Feds: Suspects stole copper from over 80 cell towers in Missouri and Illinois

ST. LOUIS – Five people from Illinois are facing federal charges for allegedly stealing copper from more than 80 cellular towers in Illinois and Missouri.

The indictments were announced Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis. Four of the suspects are from Collinsville, and one is from Springfield.

The indictment says that between April and August of 2018 the suspects stole copper grounding bars and copper wiring from cell towers in 21 different places, damaging communications systems in those areas.

The alleged crimes occurred in several counties in both states.

The stolen copper was sold to metal salvage dealers.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.