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Man charged with stealing copper wire from new homes

Posted March 7, 2010

— A Fuquay-Varina man has been charged with stealing copper pipes from three home construction sites, according to an arrest warrant.

Howard Conyers, 24, of 5025 Cokesbury Road, faces three counts each of breaking-and-entering and larceny after breaking-and-entering.

The warrants say that Conyers broke into seven homes under construction in 2007 and stole copper wiring worth $400 from each home. The thefts occurred at site owned by Future Homes in Apex and Luxury Homes and Robuck Homes in Raleigh.

Conyers was being held in the Wake County jail Saturday under a $75,000 bond.

Since 2004, Conyers has been convicted in Wake County of 16 various breaking-and-entering charges, 13 various larceny charges and nine possession of stolen goods charges, according to state Department of Correction records. He has served 3- and 11-month prison sentences.


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  • Ol Forrester Mar 8, 2010

    His bale should be higher, he's stolen enough stuff to make a $75,000 bale.

  • awomnsptofview Mar 8, 2010

    What a dead beat...

  • jet2rdu Mar 8, 2010

    The perp could have saved himself some jail time working his “copper caper” legally using copper pennies minted to 1982, and keeping himself out of trouble too.

    $3.4001 = copper price/ pound on Mar 05, 2010. .95 = copper %
    $1.0473 = zinc price / pound on Mar 05, 2010. .05 = zinc %
    3.11= total weight in grams with a .00220462262 = pound/gram conversion factor.

    Calculate 95% copper value :

    (3.4001 × .00220462262 × 3.11 × .95) = $0.0221463

    2. Calculate 5% zinc value :

    (1.0473 × .00220462262 × 3.11 × .05) = $0.0003589

    3. Add the two together :

    $0.0221463 + $0.0003589 = $0.0225052

    $0.0225052 is the melt value for the 1909-1982 copper cent on March 05, 2010.
    So, each pre 1983 penny is worth about 2 and ¼ cent for its copper and zinc value as of today.

    This works out to about 100% profit. Plus him going through rolls and rolls of pennies to select the coins would keep him busy and out of trouble.

    Instead, he will be seeing a lot of coppers.

  • Dirty_Water Mar 8, 2010

    Pipes, wires, what's the difference? There was a time when news reporters cared about getting their facts straight. Nowadays, the important thing for reporters is changing the world and blaming George Bush.
    And, uhhh, yeah, maybe if he were to spend some serious time behind bars, like the rest of his life, copper pipes and wires would be safer.

  • lumberman Mar 8, 2010

    It is painfully obvious that the current system is not a strong enough deterrent to crime. Maybe it is time to take off a couple of this guys fingers and see if that will get the point across to him.

  • Lyle Mar 8, 2010

    It's harder to steal when your hands have been removed.

  • ICTrue Mar 8, 2010

    Ah, give him a slap on the wrist and send him on his way.

  • Fisher Mar 8, 2010

    It is time to put this guy away for awhile.