Rec Center Renovation Stymied After Vandals Steal Copper Wiring

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Renovations of the Bloomfield Gilead Recreation Center in Macon, Ga., hit a major setback after vandals stripped wiring from various electrical systems. 

According to WMAZ, construction crews worked for month installing new lighting, concessions, bathroom and dugouts, only to have someone rip wires out of the light poles and other areas. 

Macon-Bibb commissioners approved nearly $2.9 million to update fields outdoor fields at the rec center. 

"We had new lights put in and unfortunately we had some vandalism," said Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation director Robert Walker. 

Walker says all they know is one day, they tried to turn on the lights, and they didn't work.

"All the wiring was stripped, so that has to be traced and pulled back into the lighting that was here," Walker said.

The commission has since approved about $125,000 in additional funds to fix the lighting, and Walker says it should be a relatively quick fix. 

Walker says they suspect whoever stripped the wiring was looking for copper. He says they're looking into ways to prevent people from stealing it in the future. Metal trading websites show the price of a pound of copper wiring is almost $4.

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