LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - We have an alert this Friday night for people living in a central Kentucky city.
In the last few weeks, police say copper thieves are targeting homes and businesses in Lawrenceburg, and they've already caused nearly 50,000 dollars in damage.
The copper thieves in Lawrenceburg are not only brave enough to steal from several businesses and home. They had the guts to steal copper right next door to the sheriff's office.
"We closed on Friday, and it was out there. We come in Saturday morning, and it's gone," said Toni Leach, who works at 2nd Chance Upscale Consignment Boutique.
2nd Chance Upscale Consignment Boutique is one of the several places targeted by thieves searching for one thing: copper.
"I don't know. I don't understand what's going on," said Leach.
Sometimes they tear the air conditioning units apart.
"They are taking the frames off of them and cutting what they can out of them causing five or 6,000 dollars worth of damage and getting 150 to 200 dollars at a scrap yard for the copper," said Officer Sean Wells, with the Lawrenceburg Police Department.
But other times they load up everything, scraping it for parts later.
"They took our whole unit and all. I mean just left us with nothing," said Leach.
A bank, even the senior citizens home, and a few houses have been hit. Anywhere copper is accessible.
Police say they aren't sure what the reason is for the recent rash in copper thefts.
"I guess they're getting bored and needing some extra cash. And I guess that's what they think is an easy way of getting cash while causing other people hardship," said Officer Wells.
They just know their job is to catch them before it costs the community more money.
"We want to put a stop to it and try to get our community back in line," said Officer Wells.
Police say the most recent copper theft was discovered Friday afternoon at a vacant home. They say they have leads to who responsible for all of these thefts.
Lawrenceburg police tell us they do think one particular group of people is to blame for these recent copper thefts.