Galveston police say thief disabled airport runway lights

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

GALVESTON, TX -- Galveston police are seeking a thief whose failed attempt to steal copper temporarily disabled the runway lights at Scholes International Airport.

The Galveston County Daily News reported Saturday that no flights were affected. Officials say the person early Monday cut a live wire in a junction box and risked possible electrocution.

Galveston City Manager Brian Maxwell says the individual left bolt cutters behind after apparently realizing the theft attempt wasn't a smart thing.

The incident involved a switch box located outside the airport fencing. Maxwell says temporary repairs led to the runway lights illuminating again.

Officials say the Federal Aviation Administration has replaced a generator and plans to install a new power line.