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Copper Thefts on Rise in Parts of N.C.

Posted December 28, 2006

— Copper is becoming a popular target of thieves in North Carolina.

Since Dec. 10, the Fayetteville Police Department has received 301 reports of copper thefts in the city. In one case, the thieves caused $250,000 in property damage.

Since November, the town of Dunn reports 10 copper-related thefts, while the town of Erwin has seen four thefts and Lillington has had two.

Authorities said the thefts are due to the rising value of copper. It has skyrocketed 400 percent in the last two years.

According to authorities, thieves usually hit construction sites. Salvage yards pay about $2.50 per pound of copper.

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  • oldrebel Dec 28, 2006

    There wouldn't be a problem without the greedy scrap metal buyers enabling the crime in the first place. Most will scream against additional restrictions on their way of doing business, but local authorities have the power to mandate certain procedures when it comes to commerce in their jurisdictions, and a few stringent identification requirements would slow the crime down to a trickle. But ....if the authorites balk at oing this, who does it really benefit? The greedy meatal buyers...and it hurts the rest of us. Oh yeah, it also helps the criminal to keep the status quo.

  • gleebschnouser Dec 28, 2006

    Dye packs! They work for banks!

  • Pack Rules Dec 28, 2006

    I have actually had quite a bit of sucess in finding out who has been stealing from our company. The copper recycling place in Garner requires a picture ID whenever anyone turns in copper for cash. The stupidity of some people never ceases to amaze me.

  • Friend Dec 28, 2006

    Why don't we pass a new law that makes a person present proper identification and keep it recorded when someone sells to the recycle business ? At least we would be able to track a individual that sells copper on a regular basis.