Police: Thieves Steal Copper Because Its Price Has Tripled in Last Decade

Reported by: Ian Preston
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Updated: 3/10 7:25 pm
Georgetown Police are looking for a suspect involved in an attempted copper theft from an AT&T Facility off of Main Street.

Police already arrested one man, 25 year-old David E. Mansfield, in connection to the attempted robbery.

He was charged with theft by unlawful taking in excess of $10,000.

Police said this is the fifth time that AT&T facility had been robbed of its copper.

Investigators said there had been other reports of stolen copper at homes and at a Habitat for Humanity build site.

Copper is used in virtually every electronic.

Police said it had become a popular item to steal because its price had gone up dramatically from a dollar a pound to three dollars a pound, due in part to high demand for the material in China. 

Laws are now in place to keep copper thieves from being able to sell the stolen material at scrap metal yards.

People in the copper field said the new laws had helped, but more needed to be done to deter the thefts, including stiffer penalties for the thieves.
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