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.

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  • Scrooge

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

  • JohnDave

    Just kill ’em. End of problem.

    • rich

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

  • Shangey G

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

  • Normal Human

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

  • Christmas Dad

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

    • krp

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

  • CBS Sucks

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

    Merry Christmas

  • a spade is a spade

    More of O’Bummers spawn.

  • beedogs

    more dumb, racist Drudge readers. Imagine that!

    • KT

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

    • funny

      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.

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  • FFL

    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..

  • Joe

    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….

  • robertg

    just another symptom of the Obama economy.

  • RICH


  • KickTheKenyanOut2012

    Stealing extension cords = Hope & Change Depression…

  • Wolfie

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

  • moonmac

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

  • Lawyerr

    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?

  • Omega 13

    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.

  • capoprimo

    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.

    • sayin


      The look on their faces must be pricless.

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

  • Mikee

    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.

  • Frankie

    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

  • Frankie

    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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