CANBERRA (Reuters) – With stopped trains, stolen phone lines and pilfered power cables, Australians are paying a hefty price for‘s pre-Olympic building boom, police said on Thursday.
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Organised gangs are being blamed by authorities for stealing copper cabling worth millions of dollars, selling it to China to help construction of buildings including‘s “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium, site of Olympic ceremonies and track events.
“The theft of this stuff has caused the train system to shut down for between five and seven hours. They are not just taking small lengths. They are taking up to 500 metres at a time,”sergeant Barry Hills told Reuters.
In recent weeks police in‘s second most populous state have seized more than 15 tonnes of stolen copper cabling stashed in shipping containers and warehouses.