To me the stealing of copper wire from utility poles typifies the Third World environment, especially that of Africa. In my time there I knew it to be the bane of all infrastructure management. And it's especially prevalent in South Africa since 'freedom and democracy' were introduced.
Now, in the latest in a long progression towards Third World status, this phenomenon is taking off in the USA. If you read the comments to the post you'll see it's not just in Quincy but all over. In the South it seems whole air-conditioning units are being stolen for their copper.
I see this as another canary in the coal mine, but you can be assured that the western MSM, well trained in the delicate art of not seeing what's in front of their nose, will not arrive at the same conclusion.