Per the Gazette Telegraph 6/24/08 COPS ON LOOKOUT FOR SPRINKLER THIEVES Police say thieves in northeast Colorado Springs are cutting away heavy sprinkler valves and pipes to steal the copper. Officers reported nearly a dozen of the thefts last week at homes and on city-owned property. Many of the stolen valves were on rights-of-way along roads including Rangewood Drive, officers said. Police think the thieves pulled up in a car and used a power saw to cut through pipes and free the valves. Copper thefts have been on the rise for months as the wholesale value of the metal has increased. Copper topped out at $3.81 per pound in futures trading Monday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, making the valves and piping, which can top 200 pounds for commercial applications, an attractive target.