Copper Thieves Steal From St. Paul Holiday Lights Display

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Electric cords have been cut and stolen from the lighted displays in St. Paul’s Phalen Park this week.

According to a representative of IBEW Holiday Lights, the thieves cut both heavy and light duty electric cords, costing the event more than $2,500 to replace.

“One of the tragedies of the thefts is that the cost of replacing cords means there is less for us to donate to our worthy non-profits,” said Lisa Engh, event co-chair. “All of our net proceeds go straight to charities that benefit our community so this hurts on many levels.”

However, Engh said the event’s volunteers are keeping the 50 lighted displays running every night.

“While it is disappointing to have a Grinch try to steal the holiday spirit from the community, it certainly is a reassuring sign of the season to see our Holiday Lights in the Park volunteers step up to keep the displays shining bright for our guests each night,” said Engh.

Right now, the price of copper is about $3.50 a pound. Organizers pointed out that there really isn’t much copper in their cords.

John Schmitz walks daily in the park and can’t believe anyone would try to ruin such a display.

“It’s pretty shocking,” he said. “It’s sad something so nice would be ruined by I am sure just a few people.”

St. Paul Police are now increasing patrols, but are turning to the public for help. Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call St. Paul Police at 651-291-1111.

The even opened on November 22 and runs through Jan. 1, 2012.

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One Comment

  1. Scrooge says:

    meth addicts no doubt, hopefully they zap themselves one of these days

  2. JohnDave says:

    Just kill ’em. End of problem.

    1. rich says:

      They do just kill you in America.. Yesterday, Congress passed a bill okaying the president to kidnap and torture any american without due process.

  3. Shangey G says:

    Looks like a Christmas display to me, with Christmas lights.
    Any reason for the omission of this word?

  4. Normal Human says:

    What the heck is a “Holiday” light? Are they orange for Halloween? Are they lit turkeys for thanksgiving?

  5. Christmas Dad says:

    They leave out the word Christmas to be PC…but then have to star the story with “Saint Paul”. Hilarious!

    1. krp says:

      Yeah, the Puritans just hate ChirstMASS, they think it is too Catholic.

  6. CBS Sucks says:

    Esme Murphy, you PC sell out – you make me sick. I can’t stand PC reporters. Probably voted for Barry too.

    Merry Christmas

  7. a spade is a spade says:

    More of O’Bummers spawn.

  8. beedogs says:

    more dumb, racist Drudge readers. Imagine that!

    1. KT says:

      Do you actually think about what you type before you his Submit?

    2. funny says:

      I love the intelligence level of liberal thinkers. Throwing the race card around like they know the definition. I had to correct one fella after he called me a racist. He didn’t like that.

  9. FFL says:

    if it is from CBS in Minnesota you can make book on ALL news readers (they are NOT journalists) being overwhelmingly PC and brain dead liberals to boot..

  10. Joe says:

    It’s our the system. I bet I can tell you who did it. It the same people time and again. They get caught red handed, but yet they get off with a little fine, like $5.00 a month for the rest of their lives. Of course they don’t have a real job or home address so the system will not even get that. They are a bunch of A-h—
    most in a gang. like the hells angles, that support their other bump friends.
    How do I know,,,,I caught them and they walked….

  11. robertg says:

    just another symptom of the Obama economy.

  12. RICH says:


  13. KickTheKenyanOut2012 says:

    Stealing extension cords = Hope & Change Depression…

  14. Wolfie says:

    I didn’t think the Grinch stole holiday. It was….oh what is the name of what the Grinch stole???????

  15. moonmac says:

    THe FED is destroying our country with high inflation and by killing the Dollar!

  16. Lawyerr says:

    Christmas lights! They are Christmas lights you PC idiots.
    Christmas lights Christmas lights Christmas lights Christmas lights Christmas lights Christmas lights Christmas lights Christmas lights Christmas lights!!!!

    Got it you pathetic morons?

    1. krp says:

      “The first Puritans of New England certainly disapproved of Christmas celebrations, as did some other Protestant churches of the time. Celebration was outlawed in Boston from 1659. “

  17. Omega 13 says:

    No doubt a bunch of porch monkeys and lawn jockeys stole the extension cords so they could pirate electricity from that one neighbor who pay’s his electric bill.

  18. capoprimo says:

    To the chargrin of many of these knuckleheads, they have by now found out that the majority of the new extension cords no longer contain any copper and in fact made with steel stranding.

    1. sayin says:


      The look on their faces must be pricless.

      Unless they are trying to pawn them… good luck with that.

  19. Mikee says:

    More fun from the “Occupy” forces…enboldened by Obama to believe they have the Marxist “right” to steal anything and everything that might belong to someone else.

  20. Frankie says:

    Ah yes the CONservatives are out in full force on this story. Very strange belief system. All that is wrong is one person’s fault. Turn everything into a liberal versus CONservative

  21. Frankie says:

    After all it must be a CONservative thief or vandal to go after something done by a Union. No self respecting give me a handout type would steal from the union. One would not want to bite the hand that feeds you.

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