Copper thefts in california

Sean Donelan sean at
Fri Jul 7 20:41:59 UTC 2006

In addition to the traditional backhoe threat, as the price of copper
increased so has the threat of people stealing telephone trunk cables
containing copper wire.
  Since Jan. 1, there have been 148 reports of copper wire theft in San
  Bernardino County, said sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller.
  Per pound, the metal has risen in price from about 70 cents in July 2001
  to $3.60 this month, according to Kitco Inc., an international retailer
  of precious metals.
  Anyone with information on the Verizon theft may call the Verizon
  Security Control Center, 1-800-997-3287. For the AT&T thefts, people may call
  security at (213) 633-2558 or (213) 633-2405. People with information on
  copper thefts may also contact their local law enforcement agencies.

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