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Copper Wire From 1,060 Speakers Stolen From Drive-In Theater

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Three men were caught on surveillance video stealing wire from more than 1,000 speakers from the only drive-in movie theatre in Franklin County.

The theft happened between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday.

When cars drive in to the South Drive-In on South High Street in South Columbus they pull up to one of 1,500 hundred speakers. Now there are only 340 working speakers left.

The thieves were caught on surveillance video at the movie theater cutting the wires, wrapping them over their shoulders and stealing the wire from speakers.

For now, South Drive-In General Manager Bryon Teagardner said the audio is going through FM radio.

He also said he alerted salvage yards of the theft.

"One little 4-foot section or 5-foot section of what they took off of one speaker, the salvage price is not even 20 cents worth of copper in it. There is only one ounce of copper in that little cord that they took so they must have really been hard up to take that much copper," said Teagardner.

He said the thieves may make a few hundred dollars, but the cost of damage and repairs could be in the thousands.

Columbus police are investigating.

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