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FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KMPH) – Copper wire thieves are targeting a group of valley farmers. Over the past few weeks, a record number of growers say the copper wire on their water pumps have been stolen, leaving their crops without water.
ALT LAKE CITY — The biggest copper heist in Utah memory has stripped more than six miles of wire from a stretch of Salt Lake City highway. The Utah Department of Transportation first noticed the theft today, officials said, but they don’t know when exactly thieves snatched up the wire. The thieves either disguised themselves
Thieves continue to steal copper wire running underground used to power several street lights throughout the community. Since July of last year, 15 thefts of this nature have taken place at a cost of over $56,000 to the City. Chino Police Officers suspect the wiring is being sold for scrap.
Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is taking on the rampant copper theft problem in its Pennsylvania market by offering up to $50,000 for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of anyone who has stolen copper cable in Lawrence and Washington Counties.
The price of copper remains at near historic highs, and that means so, too, does the amount of copper getting stolen. Everything from telephone wire to plumbing is a target, and lawmakers in nearly half the states are considering legislation aimed at making it harder for thieves to sell the stolen metal. James City County