Thief Injured Attempting To Steal Copper Wire From School

MIAMI GARDENS (CBS4) – A thief apparently looking to steal copper from equipment on the roof of a Miami-Dade school fell more than two stories, a debilitating plunge that left him unable to walk, apparently with a broken hip or leg.

The hapless Spiderman was captured by security cameras at Charles Wyche Elementary School in Miami Gardens.  He arrives, wearing a ski mask, and begins to arrange ropes he’s carrying for a climb up the outside wall of the school to the roof, more than two stories above.   Moments later a second camera angle shows the man falling to the ground – a drop of more than 25 feet – where he begins to writhe in pain.  The intruder dragged himself out on to a walkway and attempted to stand up, but immediately fell back down.  He then dragged himself on his belly out of the school, pushing a pair of bolt cutters in front of him.

“He was trying to get on the roof of the school to commit copper theft,” said schools police Sergeant Ivan Silva.  “As you can see from the video, he’s not the most skillful burglar.”

“He sustained what we believe is a significant injury,” said schools police Chief Charles Hurley.  “Someone knows who he is.  We’re asking the community to help us identify him.”

Hurley said a family member or acquaintance would have to have noticed the serious injury, and the would-be thief almost certainly sought medical treatment.  Police hope someone who came in contact with the man will see news media accounts of the incident, put two and two together, and call the cops.

Hurley said copper theft has become a major national security and public safety issue.

“It is a billion dollar a year business.  Thieves are stealing copper from utility poles, air conditioning units, school equipment, even churches,” Hurley said.

The thief at Wyche elementary school apparently doesn’t have a future in mountain climbing.  He got away not just crippled but empty-handed.  None of the equipment containing copper on the school roof was damaged or disturbed, leading investigators to believe he fell while trying to pull himself onto the roof.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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  • jnsesq

    Good. Hope he gets gangrene.

    • phil

      …too bad this wasn’t in Houston. Similar thing happened in the 80’s, at a high school. The would-be burglar fell through a roof sky-light and was severely injured. He SUED the City of Houston, and The School system…and won.

  • poochie


  • George Johnson

    Yeah, I’m hoping for a broken bone, no treatment and a serious infection from it.

    I love a story with a happy ending.

  • Kelley

    ROFL The only thing better would have been if he had broken his back and gotten caught cause he could not crawl.

  • Stephen Ryan

    We automatically assume that he is a man. That is sexism. He could have been a woman. I mean she could have been a woman.

    • Rad

      I don’t know about him being a woman …did you mean a Wormin??
      Because it looked like he was definately “W o r m i n ?

      • Doug

        I think he meant vermin.

    • borninmombasa

      yes it could have been queen elizabeth , dolt!

    • jim

      boy, that is a great point. I bet the guys in the joint will find out quickly.

    • noochinator

      You mean womyn, sexist!

    • Real Rick

      Don’t talk bad about the broads!!!

    • greyfox

      He will probably sue the school for putting the copper up so high that he had to climb to the second floor to get at it. Not meant to be funny our society has become so ridiculous.

  • poorhardworker

    LOL!!!! So how’s the life as a parasite treating you now????

    • AngryGuu

      How dare you insult parasites?

  • rob

    He’s probably in a hospital getting good medical attention at taxpayers expense. The hospital will refuse to give out any information on the perp because it would violate Hippa rules. it’s a shame his bones didn’t pop through his skin so he would have left a nice blood trail.

  • Nelson Muntz


  • neednewpresident

    He will still be able to cast his vote for Obama, by absentee ballot, unless he gets caught. I hope they catch him.

    • Fredflintstone Third

      More likely he’s an out of work Joe the Plumber using his pipe-fitting skills.

  • David

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but from a taxpayer viewpoint, it would have been better had he or she gotten away with the copper. Who do you think is going to be paying for his medical bills, unemployment benefits, food stamps, housing, adult education, counseling, etc. over the next several decades?

    • Shanda Linscheid-Webb

      Not to mention the tax payers expense for his/her prison sentence when he/she does get caught. It would have been cheaper if he had fallen and broken his/her necks.

  • Kyle Cooper

    Obama considers this guy an independent contractor and will provide grant money and free healthcare. Not to mention the DOJ will sue the school for having copper on the roof without OHSHA approved access for special needs thieves.

    • Shanda Linscheid-Webb

      Disregard comment it was a response to the comment above this one.

    • jnsesq

      ‘Bout sez it all, Kyle.

    • greyfox

      Hey, I already said that, (sue the school)

  • Gravity Works

    He was doing okay until he looked down and saw that old penny on the ground.

    Reaching down…

  • Ralloh

    That has got to be one of the most hilarious videos I’ve seen in a long time. I honestly hope he is in excruciating pain. Merry Christmas dork!

  • Ryan Mouk

    Nothing better then watching a cowardly thief get what he deserves. I hop he looses the use of his legs and is forced to eat the waste of rats. I spit on this useless bag of human trash.

  • I haven't forgotten you

    Right, super funny. hahahaha.

    So what happens when people start mugging the post man for mail bundles? Will that be super funny too? When do we star addressing the real issues with the economy?

    Vote Ron Paul

  • Steven Chelin

    It’s a shame that now we will have to pay for his health care.

  • LaVonte d'Ashawn Jackson IV

    He will still vote for black democrats from jail.

  • John Sheridan

    Right, now Homeboy will invariably get himself on SSI disability and Medicaid so we all be paying for this for years to come,

  • davec

    Welcome to the Obama Economy.

    This man is stealing copper because Obama bankrupt him

  • Salmon

    No meth for you tonight…tweakers VS. gravity, gotta love it.

  • Sal

    Watch him hire a lawyer and sue the city for failing to provide safety fencing on the roof. Dumb P.O.S.

    • Scudbuster

      Your right Sal, He’ll sue the school, win & the tax payers will have to care for him!

  • Real Rick

    To bad he didn’t break his neck.

    • sniper310

      he cityWould have been more cost effective for t

  • Bob

    Stupid is as stupid does..

  • heatherfeather

    Miami? Hopefully he staggered into an alligator farm!

  • Tim

    I just hope he crawls in a hole and dies a painful death. Otherwise the taxpayers will have to pay his/her medical, court costs, lawyer and incarceration. Then the parasite will probably sue and win because a few idiots on the jury will feel sorry for the poor crippled POS.

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