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Copper stolen from state-owned historic homes

Posted July 24, 2013

— State Capitol Police are looking for whoever is responsible for stripping copper from several state-owned historic homes.

Chief Glen Allen said Wednesday that, from May 31 to July 5, police have investigated five reports of copper thefts within a block of the intersection of Blount and North streets.

Allen said it appears the thefts are happening during the late evening or early morning hours when it is dark.

The crimes occurred at the Ashley House, 219 E. North St., on both May 31 and July 2; 407 Person St. on May 31; 417 N. Blount St. on June 27; and the Andrew London House, 301 N. Blount St., on July 5.


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  • oakcity Jul 25, 2013

    It is time for the state to put those properties on the market


    A lot of these houses ARE on the market

  • Typical WRAL Commenter Jul 25, 2013

    "Given the location, the best thing to do is use a bulldozer."

    You must not get out much. These are blocks from half million dollar homes in Oakwood, the state capitol building, and a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. The houses themselves are also beautiful historic structures.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 25, 2013

    "It is time for the state to put those properties on the market"

    Given the location, the best thing to do is use a bulldozer.

  • deepenvencrew Jul 25, 2013

    It is time for the state to put those properties on the market. Why does the state continue to retain these properties. They are vacant and have been for about 5 years, some longer than that. These houses have been allowed to fall into serious disrepair and should be listed at a reasonable price based upon their deteriorated state. They have sat vacant and vulnerable for too long. It is astonishing that they haven't been vandalized before now. We've had neighbors in the area have their copper downspouts ripped from their homes, no one has been charged. We've had neighbors who were rehabbing a property have their wiring ripped out of the house the night after it had just been installed, no one has been charged. Unfortunately, if he thief or thieves have a friend that works for a company that will take the pilferred copper, they will not likely be caught.

  • pappybigtuna1 Jul 25, 2013

    Those stolen goods are burning a hole in the thief's pocket, if the sell to a scrap yard they will be photographed a minimum of 3 times as many as 5 time. Maybe when they get caught, they will have experience sorting scrap, you know OJT

  • ripetomatoes Jul 25, 2013

    It's amazing there's not more of this with the amount of copper gutters and downspouts on a lot of older structures in almost every town.

  • GarrySpears Jul 25, 2013

    If there's one thing I hate it's a thief.

  • xylem01 Jul 25, 2013

    That's one way of taking back the state!

  • sunshine1040 Jul 25, 2013

    Sounds like its time for some of these alarm companies to stop calling me and go to work protecting historic sites. Turn on your cameras and then police can see who to arrest so the judge can release them

  • woodrock223 Jul 25, 2013

    porbably the same genius that stole the bus batteries.