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Items Tagged with 'copper theft '
Disguised as authentic utility workers, a band of copper thieves dug up and stole nearly £280,000-worth of redundant cabling from locations all around London, many of which were leaked through at least one crooked BT employee.
Efforts to crack down on copper theft suffered a setback in New Jersey with the surprise veto of a bill that would have required scrap dealers to keep records of their purchases.
18 people have been indicted in the scheme, which involved stealing raw copper from an Arizona mine, disguising it as scrap metal and then selling it to China via the black market.
In Arizona, law enforcement just broke up a copper theft ring that stole $10 million in the metal. In Kansas, an energy firm hit by thefts said it will make ratepayers cover the losses.
There hasn't been a single prosecution in Memphis for selling or buying prohibited scrap metal since 2009.
Attempting to steal copper, man cuts into live wire and dies but also kills power to homeowners, too.
Two Arizona state lawmakers say the state can reduce copper thefts by banning individuals from selling air conditioner parts for scrap.
A Fargo theft with losses in the six figures shows the growing incidents of metal theft. Some also lead to loss of electric service to hospitals, neighborhoods and even whole cities.