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Rocky lights

Lights at Herb Klindt Field on the campus of Rocky Mountain College. 

A would-be copper wire thief hit Rocky Mountain College's campus sometime in the past two weeks, administrators said.

An underground utility box near the football stadium was likely broken into sometime in late November, according to the school’s executive vice president, Brad Nason.

The school hasn't determined exactly when the incident occurred. A half-lit stadium at a recent nighttime soccer practice prompted the school to investigate. 

Nason said no wiring was taken, although wires were cut. School officials believe campus security officers patrolling the area scared away the person or people involved before they could collect the wire.

“So we made the assumption, given the time frame, that someone was trying to steal copper,” Nason said.

Thieves recently stole copper wire from roughly five miles of Billings street lights in separate areas of the city, with the first incident reported Oct. 22.

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Nason said the damage will cost several thousand dollars to repair, but that it could have been worse.

The school’s facilities manager “indicated that there was a ton of voltage running through there, and folks were actually very lucky that they didn’t get themselves hurt," Nason said.  

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