Metal Thefts Are On The Rise

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

From car parts to metal siding, some thieves are stealing anything with metal they can get their hands on.

Reports of metal thefts are pouring in from businesses across Pike County.

While there is no clear motive behind the thefts.. some believe the sluggish economy is to blame.

Pike County Sheriff Charles "Fuzzy" Keesee says the more money dealers are shelling out to buy metal, the more metal thefts they have, and he says it's hard to keep up with all the reports pouring in across the county.

The business owners hit say it's causing them pain.

Adam Estep's golf cart is finally moving again.

He says thieves recently stole the battery out of it, and he says that wasn't all they took from his sales business.

He says thieves stole several trailers, metal off of portable buildings, and car parts.
“They'll steal anything they can get. It's bad you can't have a business and go home at night without coming back the next morning and your door's broken down, car doors open,” Estep said.

The Pike County Sheriff says thieves are hitting all kinds of businesses in the county and stealing metal.

He says they're working many cases at mine sites, timber and construction businesses, and other companies with metal onsite.

“Seems to be a lucrative item now for people to steal and to sell,” Sheriff Keesee said.

Sheriff Keesee says he doesn't know the real reason for the sudden metal theft increase, but he blames the economy.

“Metal is bringing a good price. I believe that is causing a lot of our theft,” Sheriff Keesee said.

He says they're asking metal dealers to help them find suspects.

Estep hope the thieves are arrested.

The sheriff says he's working to make metal dealers record identification information from everyone who brings in metal to sell.

He believes this will help them find thieves quickly, and help prevent the theft.

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