S. Spokane copper theft totals $13,000


by KREM.com


Posted on February 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 8:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Thieves took off with more than $13,000 worth of copper wire for Spokane businesses in the past few weeks.

On Tuesday, Police said detectives were investigating several reports of burglary incidents where copper wire and other metals were stolen.

The latest incident was at the new Target construction site on Regal Street on Sunday. Several wiring harnesses, copper plumbing items and other copper wires were taken, according to police. Losses exceeded $13,000.

Police said there were at least three other commercial burglaries or thefts where copper or other metals had been stolen.

A theft was reported at a business near W. Francis Avenue and N. Stevens Street on February 10, according to police. Electrical and plumbing supply lines to heating, ventilation and air conditioning units were stolen.  Interior metal plumbing and electrical wires were also stolen.

Another theft occurred at a community center near W. Maxwell Avenue and N. Oak Street on February 11, according to police.  The report indicated that the air conditioner was stolen from behind the building.

Thieves once again hit on February 14 at a business near E. Sprague Avenue and N. Lacey Street. That report indicated that the outdoor air conditioning unit had been cut open and all of the copper pipes had been stolen, according to police.
Officers were investigating each of the incidents. 

Police said to avoid thefts, secure all equipment and scrap metals in locked buildings or in well lighted areas secured by fencing.