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Copper stolen from Raleigh construction site

Posted July 29, 2011

— Raleigh police are searching for the person who stole 40 large spools of copper from the construction site for the Wake County Justice Center Thursday night.

Police say someone cut through the fence at 300 S. Salisbury St., drove in and took the copper.

No other information was available.


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  • john26 Jul 29, 2011

    Oh, it's at the new jail.....wonder if that's a sign of things to come.

  • mcreech1 Jul 29, 2011

    Earlier this morning, this story was that the 40 spools of copper weighed approximately 80,000 lbs! I don't think it was done with just a couple of men loading into a cargo van. If the weight estimate was correct, this would have had to be loaded onto a very large truck that would be easier to find.

  • Inter Alios Jul 29, 2011

    Crooks Cop Copper in Copper Caper. Cops Confounded by Copper Caper Crooks.

  • Thought Criminal WS Jul 29, 2011

    I can see a two man group pulling this off in 4-5 minutes. I'm guessing the vehicle that drove up was a cargo van of the "generic white van" sort and when loaded left a good impression in the ground of the treads for a lead. I'm also agreeing this is an inside job where someone on the crew knew when it was there, where, how to approach it, and how to remove it. Anyone not show up for work at that site today?

  • NCishome Jul 29, 2011

    It is amazing at the number of times a small business will have scrap wire stolen from them and the LEO can't do much to help find the person(s). Most scrap yards are not much help when it following the rules. Employees have been questioned, finger printed. Nothing of an inside job. It could be anyone from the place it was ordered, some friend of a worker, the driver or just someone who overheard the order being placed.

    I know of a business that was having wire stolen ever other week and no one was caught. Even when a video tape was provided nothing happened.

  • batricia1 Jul 29, 2011

    this was not pipe this was wire 40 large spools

  • working for deadbeats Jul 29, 2011

    Wow. That took guts or it was an inside job, which would still take guts.

  • Nunya123 Jul 29, 2011

    This turned into the usual political garbage real quick.

  • Nunya123 Jul 29, 2011

    puzzled - it wasn't readers summation. Prior to editing the article stated 80000 lbs was stolen.

  • Mark Hayes Jul 29, 2011

    ReaderABC. Obama should not have to worry since we have paid into it for forty plus years,he should be getting our money back from all the other social programs we have lent money into,cut medicaid to illgals food vouchers to the the poor driving new cars,getting their rent paid,utilities government paid,thats my money and I want it now!!!