Brazen Burglary Knocks Kansas City’s KMBC Off the Air

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Kansas City Star

There are easier ways to get copper tubing than stealing it from a high-voltage television transmitter. But try telling that to whoever broke into KMBC‘s tower facility this weekend.

Police responding to a burglar alarm Sunday evening found a large section of 2-inch conduit cut away from the side of the transmitter building and green coolant everywhere. The tubing was part of KMBC’s transmitter; it circulated coolant around two $40,000 tubes that send the station’s sound and pictures through the air.

A gauge that detected the sudden loss in water pressure shut down the transmitter. More…