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One man electrocuted to death while trying to steal copper

Friends called for help as accomplice shocked during theft

One man electrocuted to death while trying to steal copper

Novara, June 27 - A 45-year-old man was electrocuted and died while trying to steal copper wires in northwestern Italy, police said Thursday. The man, who is from Borgomanero in the region of Piedmont, and two accomplices were trying to remove wiring from an installation of power giant Enel near Milan. When the other two realized what had happened, they called police for help. With the recession cutting into incomes in Italy, copper theft is on the rise even though the price of the metal - which had once been in high demand from industrializing China - has been falling steadily over the past two years.

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