Copper thefts

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  1. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_8053987

    San Jose, Santa Clara police make dozens of copper theft arrests

    By Mark Gomez
    Mercury News
    Article Launched: 01/23/2008 08:34:41 AM PST

    San Jose and Santa Clara police served more than 140 arrest warrants Tuesday, the result of a yearlong, undercover operation that investigated a rash of copper thefts in the South Bay.

    The San Jose and Santa Clara police departments will hold a news conference this morning to discuss details about the investigation. Tuesday, more than 150 officers from both agencies served over 140 arrest warrants, and seized several items of evidence, including weapons.

    In September, Pacific Gas & Electric officials estimated that thieves would make off with $1 million worth of the company's copper wire in California during the year. At that time, thieves had reportedly stolen $876,481 in central and Northern California from PG&E yards, trucks and even by taking wire from power poles, according to a PG&E spokesman.

    Please check back for more details on this story.
     
  2. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    well its a problem on this side of the country too
     
  3. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    insane. Glad im out in the country and got dogs to protect my wire stash. I am sitting on a few hundred pounds of scrap still
     
  4. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Billy,
    Aren't you going to take it to a recyling facility? Or are you waiting for the copper prices to go up more before taking it in. I did pretty good with my last stash I turned in.
     
  5. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    will prolly wait til i buy one of tommys gadgets to strip it all. I had a car audio guy buy the last bunch but I dunno what to do with this bunch.

    Whats copper up to now ?
     
  6. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Man, I don't know what it is running now, but it isn't cheap. My last small box I turned in was probably 40 lbs of unstripped. I walked out of their with almost 40 bucks.
     
  7. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    My technician got about $500 in December for turning in our copper and backflow preventers that we repaired or replaced this year.

    Lots of copper thefts here as well. People getting arrested and even dying by stealing copper wires between street lights. Idiots.
     
  8. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    My last trip in was just a milkcrate , $60
     
  9. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    looks like i need to make a trip then. Got a 55 gallon drum full of scrap... was thinking about stripping it first
     
  10. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Buddy of mines a heating contractor. His last drop was after a tear out on public housing, $8k
     

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