MANATEE -- Several feet of copper wire was reported stolen from the roof of an elementary school in Lakewood Ranch, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Sometime between August and Monday, someone removed the wire from the roof of Willis Elementary Schoo, 14705 The Masters Ave.
The missing wire was connected to the lightning rods along the entire roof line of the building. A custodian discovered the theft during routine maintenance, according to the sheriff's office.
Anyone with information about the theft can call the sheriff's office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.