Copper Wire Thieves Cause LIRR Delays During Morning Rush

The thieves stole nearly 150 feet of copper wire

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    The Long Island Rail Road says service is back on track after delays caused by vandals who stripped copper wire from an electrical connection in Queens.

    LIRR spokesman Sal Arena sais 43 trains were delayed Friday morning by up to 20 minutes, primarily because copper wire was stolen from a rail connection between the Woodside and Sunnyside stations.

    Authorities discovered the theft around 5:30 a.m. Service had been fully restored about five hours later.

    Arena says the thieves stole about 144 feet of copper wire.

    The railroad says repairs will be made in time for the evening rush hour.