Even though the scrap price of copper, for example, has dipped, there continues to be incidents of theft and break ins, especially at utility and telecommunications firms and at construction sites. Early this month, thieves in Edmond, Oklahoma, stole copper wire from a transformer at an Edmond Electric substation and caused property damage. Police said copper wire had been removed from the transformer and property had been damaged at the electrical substation sometime during last weekend. The doors of the substation control building had been pried open and sustained damage to the mechanism area. An employee checking the exterior spotted copper wire and brass connectors lying on the ground, items that were originally attached to the transformer.

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