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Copper Thefts Hit Home

11:29 AM Fri, Sep 21, 2007 |
Jeff McShan
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Recently we have been reporting on a number copper thefts. If you’ve been watching 11 News, you have no doubt seen the stories. Thieves have been tearing up air conditioning units that sit outside businesses and destroying them to get to the copper. The copper is then taken to scrap metal yards and traded in for just a few bucks. Police suspect that many of these thieves are just supporting a drug habit and are looking for a quick buck to fulfill their needs. Well sadly, 11 News found out the hard way, that these copper thieves may now be targeting air conditioners outside homes. A coworker, who just had a new air conditioning unit installed, just got hit by a thief. Her new unit was shredded and the copper was taken. Has this happened to you or anyone you know? HPD says it hasn’t heard of many of these incidents, but I thought you might want to know. My coworker is thinking about putting up burglar bars around her air conditioner. This is sad.



6 Comments

Joe D said:

But yet if they are caught they will receive minimal sentace even thou this is major crime. The should go to prison for 20 years. Also homeowners should shoot them if found on their property in the act of stealing. Doesn’t TX law allow this?

Anonymous said:

These scrap yards. Do they keep a list of who brings copper tubing to them? Maybe if they did, investigators could get these lists and see who are the “repeat recyclers”. Just a thought!

Gary Williams said:

One day soon, I will build a website designed to track copper & other metals thieves even better than the sex predator websites. We must lobby for legislative relief for a society free from these guys. They like metal so much, let’s make them slaves building air conditioning systems in long prison term work programs.

rlj said:

salvage companies are loving the income, not fair to consumers. i think the only solution is put them up to the roof. not good for repairs but may last longer. what gets me is that salvage companies don’t like being broken into, but they don’t mind buying the stolen copper since it brings them revenue.

L said:

our small complex was hit back in july,they tore up 5 units. the neighbor complex was also hit & they did some damages as well.i think it is happening more than people know.

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