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Parking meter theft

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Parking meter theft is theft of parking meters, often as a prank.

In May 2004, police in the town of Wausau, Wisconsin reported that thieves had stolen about 38 meters. The meters will take nearly $25,000 to replace, along with associated vandalism.

The extent of the theft varies. In some cases, meters and poles are stolen, while in others, meters are only damaged.

Miscellany

In the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke, an incident of attempted parking meter theft is what lands Paul Newman's character behind bars. Soon after the movie ran, many municipalities that used parking meters employed countermeasures, such as sheathing the meter pole in a freely rotating steel pipe to protect it from a pipe-cutting tool.

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  • Articles from the Wausau Daily Herald (http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?s_site=wausaudailyherald&f_site=wausaudailyherald&f_sitename=Wausau+Daily+Herald%2FCentral+Wisconsin+Sunday+%28WI%29&p_theme=gannett&p_product=WDHB&p_action=search&p_field_base-0=&p_text_base-0=Parking+meter+theft&Search=Search&p_perpage=10&p_maxdocs=200&p_queryname=700&s_search_type=keyword&p_sort=_rank_%3AD&p_field_date-0=YMD_date&p_params_date-0=date%3AB%2CE&p_text_date-0=)
  • Metergate (http://westportalmall.com/sftimes/)
  • http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/DASL/Datafiles/brinkdat.htmlTemplate:Crime-stub
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