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Copper thefts rising, officials ask for help stopping thieves

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Copper thefts are a growing problem across the nation and people in Frankfort say copper lines on poles are a prime target.

The Frankfort Plant Board says thieves are targeting the copper grounding wires on poles in several areas throughout town.

"Dangerous for the people stealing it and dangerous for our employees who come out after wards;" explains Frankfort Plant Board Public Information Officer Glenn Waldrop.

It's prompting officials to ask people in Frankfort to be on the lookout for these thieves.

"We need the public to call us if you see suspicious activity and we'll get folks out there to check it out and stop thefts," Waldrop explains.

Officials say the crimes are most common along Holmes Street, Bellepoint, Thornhill and South Frankfort neighborhoods.

The crime is so common, officials say since March, they've lost $17,000 worth of copper from their poles. Sometimes, it only takes days before brand new poles are hit.

Since the same poles have been hit repeatedly, Waldrop says the Frankfort Plant Board is now replacing stolen lines with copper-coated steel wire, which has no scrap value.

"We want the public to be aware and help us with the problem," he said.

Frankfort Board Officials say people working on the poles will always drive official trucks.

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