Copper Thefts Stats Compiled

1 decade 10 months 21 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2007 Nov 20, 2007 Tuesday, November 20, 2007 4:47:19 AM CST November 20, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Governor Blunt is asking state law enforcement agencies to begin tracking incidents of copper theft. He also commended state senators who plan to hold a series of community meetings around the state to discuss the issue and consider solutions. Copper theft has increased as the price of many metals, including copper, has jumped because of international demand. That has led criminals to strip copper wiring from farm equipment, electric utilities, construction sites and vacant houses. Recently, thieves stole several spools of copper wire from an electric cooperative worth an estimated $32,000. Blunt today asked the Department of Public Safety and the State Highway Patrol to compile statistics of reported copper thefts to find where they are happening most frequently.

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