A 20-meter-high, or equivalent, six-story antenna was stolen from Canada by one or more suspects who subsequently fled by car, the federal police said on Thursday.
The tower was “torn to pieces and loaded” in a commercial vehicle which then fled near the rural community of Egg Lake, Manitoba, according to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigation.
“It takes some skill to steal such an object,” said Corporal Robert Daisley, who said he was “surprised” by the unusual flight on April 2.
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The tower was used as a signal amplifier for mobile phones and Internet access for a school in this isolated area 700 kilometers north of Winnipeg and would have a value of $ 5,000 Canadian. It would take “over $ 3,000 of labor to replace it,” according to the RCMP officer.
The police suspect that the thief wants to use the relay antenna to “have access to the Internet or a mobile phone network” in a remote location. The offender faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, Daisley said.
A call to witness has been launched for anyone who sees “a vehicle carrying part of the tower”.