Geniuses try to abscond with power line in Geo Metro

Three guys and a Geo Metro couldn’t pull off a copper theft.

Try as they might, three men in Independence couldn’t win a Darwin Award this week when they tried to steal a power line. Police say they caught Anthony L. Laycock, Derek L. Rudroff and Louis C. Hauenschild ripping down a power line in order to strip the copper. The men allegedly scrapped an earlier attempt to steal the power line after it crossed another, causing it to arc.

Police discovered a line that was cut near U.S. Highway 40 and Valley View Road on Monday. The Kansas City Star reports that crafty Independence police officers staked out the position. On Tuesday, the would-be thieves returned and were arrested.

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