According to Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park, a couple was apprehended after reportedly stealing copper from a radio station in Oklahoma by demolishing a portion of its almost 500-foot tower.
K95.5, a station owned by Payne Media Group, broadcasts from the Hugo Tower. The radio station documented the vandalism that occurred on January 15 in a Facebook post.
Will Payne, the video’s narrator, explained how cutting the guy wire on one of the legs brought down the tower. They started taking everything apart after that. Viewers were informed that the robbers targeted the transmission cable attached to the antenna, and they showed cut hardware to illustrate this point.
According to Payne, the copper thieves chopped it up into 10-foot pieces. Based on our current knowledge, it is estimated that a truck or van can hold eight to ten of these parts. He asked for help while they attempted to find out how to repair the damage.
Despite Sheriff Park’s belief to the contrary, he said the stolen copper would only be valued at about $100.
According to Park’s Facebook post, the harm to the tower and structure was estimated at about half a million dollars, while the loss of copper was hundreds of dollars.
Call letters KITX still do not allow the station to be heard over the air due to the tower damage; however, it is possible to listen online. On Facebook, it also updates people on the investigation’s progress.
The two individuals wanted by Sheriff Park are Candice Logan and Matt Wilson. According to a local media publication, Wilson is 37 years old, and Logan is 34.
According to a station representative, K95.5 was the first FM station to reach southeast Oklahoma and northeast Texas when the tower was constructed in 2017. They also said that the local community’s reaction has been very inspiring.