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Metal thieves strike Miami County radio tower in broad daylight

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A picture of 'couplers' - some of which were stolen. These were left behind and photographed by a deputy. A picture of 'couplers' - some of which were stolen. These were left behind and photographed by a deputy.
MIAMI COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

Investigators are on the hunt for a couple of bold thieves who ripped off a radio tower during the day while carrying a rifle.

The two men actually used bolt cutters to get into the facility. The whole thing was caught on security cameras, giving authorities a good description of the men behind the brazen burglary.

The no trespassing sign in front of a Miami County radio tower didn't do much to deter the two from making off with $3,500 worth of stolen property.

But authorities say the case is especially troubling. Not only did the men pull this off in the middle of the day last week, they came well-armed.

"One thing that was very disturbing is that one of these individuals was carrying a gun, a long gun, a rifle with a scope. It appeared he was standing as a lookout," Undersheriff Wayne Minckley said.

Minckley has seen his share of burglaries where thieves target scrap metal, but he said this stands out.

Minckley said they usually strike at night and try to avoid a confrontation, but these two hit in the middle of the day, took their time and appeared ready if anyone tried to stop them.

"It could have been anyone. It could have been the owner of the tower who showed up, confronted these individuals. Who knows what they would have done. They obviously came prepared," Minckley said.

Minckley is asking everyone to be on the lookout for their car, described as a silver, 1990s model Grand Am. Luckily, what they stole is pretty distinctive as well.

He said he hopes scrap yards will think twice before buying a security safety cover for the tower's ladder, two 24-inch microwave feedhorns or about 150 steel cable couplers.

The owner of the tower says they are finalizing new security measures to better protect the tower.

This is the fourth time this tower has been ripped off. Fortunately, authorities have solved each case with help from the public.

Tips can be submitted by calling the Miami County TIPS Hotline at (913) 294-TIPS or toll-free at (888) 294-TIPS. Tips can also be mailed to Miami County Crime Stoppers, P.O. Box 505, Paola, KS 66071.

There is an award of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects.

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