Copper Theft Remains A Problem

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

The price of copper is at an all time high and in Clay County vandals are stealing it by cutting down telephone lines and stealing items from homes.

The Clay County Sheriffs Department is trying to go after the copper thieves across the county.

“Right now copper is at an all time high as far as price, depending on where your going to its selling for two twenty to two eighty a pound,” Sheriff Kevin Johnson said.

People are going to great lengths in Clay County and across the region to get their hands on copper.

It’s affecting telephone service, electricity, and ability to call for help if necessary.

One lady lost her air conditioner!

“I went home from work the other day and the whole unit was gone, also my lawn mover and a just a regular window unit was gone to just for the copper that was in it,” Janet Jones said.

“They’re getting really bad around here, seems like people are stealing, why I don't know they're stealing,” Tammie Marcum said.

With an increase in copper related thefts, the Clay County Sheriffs Department is stepping up their patrols in the county, looking for anything suspicious.

“Yesterday we arrested Johnathan Roark of Goose Rock for stealing telephone wire from Windstream,” Johnson said

And according to the sheriffs department it’s not just one person stealing copper.

“It's just not the individual we arrested, but also others and arrests are pending on the other individuals,” Sheriff Johnson said.

Authorities say the individuals who are stealing copper in Clay County are doing it mainly at night.

“You know somebody on top of a telephone pole at midnight that's probably not a legit person, so just give us a call,” Sheriff Johnson said

That number to call is 606-598-3471.

According to the Clay County Sheriffs Department, over the last seven months, Windstream has made five hundred thousand dollars in repairs due to copper theft related incidents.


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  • by denise Location: turpin on Jul 20, 2007 at 05:23 AM
    I'm amazed that these people will work their tails off to get $100 worth of copper instead of getting a job.
  • by Chris Location: Kentucky on Jul 20, 2007 at 12:37 AM
    It seems the biggest problem is that a lot of law enforcement are unaware of the law requiring persons who buy scrap copper to maintain a register of all copper purchased, which includes the name and address of the person selling it. Also the purchaser has to report to the Sheriff's office or Police within 24 hours of any transaction. The law has been on the books since 1980, and was just amended last month to include "copper metal" in addition to copper wire and cable. The KRS is 365.250, and can be viewed at the following address: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/KRS/365-00/250.PDF
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2007 at 10:18 PM
    You would think they would have looked into some structural changes to protect their cables by now. Or maybe even using wire made of a different element than copper. I for one am tired of having my internet and telephone cut out. Enough is enough.
  • by Patricia Barger Location: alexandria on Jul 19, 2007 at 09:17 PM
    it is the drugs drug addicts are to blowed away to get and keep a job so stealing is their paycheck .when someone gets shot or electricuated the police will do more to stop this stupidity

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