CRIME STOPPERS CRIME OF THE WEEK 02-01-13: POLICE SEEK INFORMATION ABOUT COPPER WIRE THEFTS
A Westside business closes for the day and, overnight, thieves break into electrical boxes at the rear of the building to cut and take almost 500 feet of copper wire, making this the
Crime Stoppers “Crime of the Week”
After Hillcrest Funeral Home at 5054 Doniphan closed on Saturday, January 26, 2013, an El Paso Electric investigator checking on copper wire thefts around the city noticed that someone had broken into the firm’s electrical boxes and had taken 8 copper wires, each 60 feet in length. At $7-$8 per foot replacement value, plus labor, the theft is estimated to cost approximately $10,000. This is not the first case of copper theft in El Paso lately. A case on the eastside occurred Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at Wonder World Day Care. The loss and damages were noticed the following day.
For the past few months, strip malls and businesses around the city have been victim to copper wire thefts that not only prevent the business from operating, but also cause a great amount of costly damages. Thefts include copper wire, copper tubing and brass fixtures from existing businesses as well as those under construction.
Since most of the thefts occur at night or on weekends, investigators are asking people to pay attention to suspicious activity behind businesses after hours, and also to notice if a business is suspiciously “dark.”
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If you have any information at all about the identity of the person or persons involved in this type of crime, please call Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 566-TIPS (566-8477) or on-line at www.crimestoppersofelpaso.org. You will remain anonymous and, if your tip leads to an arrest, you can qualify for a cash reward up to $1,000.
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Crime Stoppers of El Paso ’12 stats / Since inception (1978)
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