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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Holding the Elevators

MOSCOW -- A minor crime wave has brought dozens of elevators in the Russian city of Volgograd to a grinding halt, forcing residents of high rise apartment buildings to take to the stairs.

Itar-Tass reported Wednesday that some 70 elevators in the southern Russian city had been immobilized after transformer connections were stolen from them during the past week.

Police had failed to halt the thefts or catch those responsible, the report said.

Electrical parts are often stolen for sale in Russia, but authorities said they could not rule out the possibility of a massive practical joke.