Price Increases cause Precious Metal Thefts to again Increase
Precious Metal Thefts Increase
Sheriff's Office notices increase in Thefts
The price of scrap metals and specifically copper is once again on
the rise, and the Sheriff's Office is again seeing an increase in theft
reports involving copper. On March 27, 2012, an AT&T telephone company
employee reported that copper was stolen from a cell phone tower site in
south-eastern Johnson County outside of the town of Edinburgh. The copper
was valued at about $500.00, but as is often the case, it will cost the company
about $1,500 in labor to replace the stolen copper.
The Sheriff's Office will be giving extra patrol to sites in the
county which are known to have an elevated risk for this type of theft, and we
ask all citizens to be extra vigilant and to report suspicious activity
immediately. Sites such as cellular or other communications tower sites,
water plants, pumping stations, etc. are high risk for precious metal thefts;
citizens who observe strange cars or other suspicious activity at these
locations should call 911 immediately and give a thorough description of the
vehicle or other circumstances.
REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IMMEDIATELY!