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Camden Parks Go Dark Because of Metal Thieves

by Associated Press
Dark Room
Mark Strozier, flickr

Copper wires mean money for crooks.

The lights are out in a growing number of Camden's city parks.

Officials are finding that metal thieves have taken copper wires used to electrify the parks.

An organizer of next week's planned Peace on the Street party tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that it's hard to find a suitable location for the event.
Officials say school buildings have been stripped of air conditioning units by scavengers.
Last year, the fire department had to pump water from a river several blocks away from a huge warehouse blaze because hydrants had been stripped.
Selling scrap metal and wires is a major source of income for the homeless and others.



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