Copper Theft Causes $50,000 Worth Of Damage

A major copper theft at a Lexington construction site has put the project way behind schedule.

Officials with Shearer and Johnson Electric Company say someone broke into the site along Bull Lea Road earlier this week. The company is installing electrical equipment in a 10 million dollar building for a high tech company.

We're told the thieves tore wiring out of the walls and circuit breakers.

Officials with the electric company say the thieves only got away with a few hundred dollars worth or copper, but they caused more than 50 thousand dollars worth of damage.

50 to 60 thousand feet of wiring are now going to have to be reinstalled. That is going to put the project behind schedule.


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  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Nov 1, 2007 at 11:23 AM
    I sold scrap copper last Saturday and they DO make you show a photo ID and document your name and adress. My copper was not stolen, just old scrap I had in my garage. It is easy to tell if a person brings in a large quanity of bright new copper and they are not a plumber or electrician, red flag. $2.40 per lb. at Wise on Old Frankfort Pike.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Nov 1, 2007 at 10:56 AM
    Be on the look out for guys selling copper bracelets for arthritis relief.
  • by Crystal on Nov 1, 2007 at 08:49 AM
    Steve, you and I think alike. These scrap metal places know exactly what is going on. Right now, there is an ad in every newspaper for a scrap place that advertises specials on the price for copper! That is encouragement for the theives and they know it! They are money hungry and they don't care if someone steals, kills or assaults to bring it in. This would be stopped if the scrap place had to take down information! Now these thieves are even stealing catalytic converters from vehicles!
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Nov 1, 2007 at 06:02 AM
    Once again i'll ask this question. Where are they selling this? There are only so many places that buy scrap. They know that this stuff is stolen! Let's hold them accountable for buying it. They could make all sellers show an identification and take their vehicle's liscense #. This would stop 99% of this crap. Let's start prosecuting all that are involved to the MAX.
  • by jlo Location: Fleming Co on Nov 1, 2007 at 05:47 AM
    a thief is a thief - businesses and ordinary citizens should not have to hire armed guards to protect their property. . in our area, thieves are hitting the small car lots, stealing the catalytic converters. . . this seems to be a scary time. . . .
  • by Crystal on Oct 31, 2007 at 06:34 PM
    I am sick of these scumbag, deadbeat, unemployed theives who go around stealing a couple of hundred bucks and cause thousands of $ in damage. Just like meth laws, theft of copper is going to have to have stricter consequences than this. These drugheads need to get a life. Pathetic pices of crap!
  • by Anonymous Location: KY on Oct 31, 2007 at 05:05 PM
    Blame it on the victims, Jerry. Do you hire security guards on a 24/7 basis? If they hit you it's all your fault, right? No person has the right to take anything that does not belong to them.
  • by donny Location: ky on Oct 31, 2007 at 01:51 PM
    sick people out there that would take from others,,come here and try take from me
  • by Anonymos Location: London on Oct 31, 2007 at 11:09 AM
    I am sure it wasn't their fault the copper jumped out of the wall and made them take it hostage......they should go to jail and be convicted to die.They would have killed anyone in their way to get it.
  • by mike Location: lexington on Oct 31, 2007 at 11:05 AM
    Too bad it wasnt live when they cut it!
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