Iowa Copper Theft Suspect Badly Burned

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By Richard Pratt

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man suspected of trying to steal copper is being treated in Omaha, Neb., for a badly burned hand.

The Daily Nonpareil says a power pole was cut down northeast of Council Bluffs on Saturday. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says deputies soon learned that a man in his 40s had been admitted to Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs for treatment of a burned hand.

Danker says investigators think the man and an accomplice cut down the pole to gain access to copper in a transformer. Danker says the burned man was driven to the hospital and dropped off by his accomplice.

The injured man was taken to a burn unit in Omaha for further treatment, which could include amputation of parts of the hand.
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