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Man offers his own reward in home copper theft

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

One man is determined to find the thieves who caused thousands of dollars in damages while stealing copper from his home. The theft happened on Meadow Lane in Lexington. The victim is now putting up his own money as a reward.

You could say 86-year-old Jim Combs is dedicated.

"It took about three weeks putting all the copper tubing in and I don't work as fast as i used to", says Jim Combs.

In September Combs took out all the old pipes in the basement of a home he rents out , replacing it with new copper pipes while it's vacant.

"Forty feet of the three quarter inch and 40 feet of the 1/2 inch"

However after all that work he had to take a break from the improvements.

"I got sick with a bad head cold at Christmas", says Jim Combs.

When Combs finally returned to the home, he found someone had stolen the copper pipes, the wiring in the basement was gone, and it was also flooded.

"That's the bad part. You accomplish something yourself and are proud of it. I'm 86. I will be 87 years old in April and to be able to do something like that and then someone come up behind you and take it off...It wouldn't have hurt me half as bad if I hadn't done the work myself", says Jim Combs.

Jim Combs is hoping someone knows whose responsible for this crime. Now he's offering his own reward.

"If anyone knows who did it, I'll pay $1,000 to them if they go to police and get them convicted. That's how mad I am about it", says Jim Combs.

If you have information on this copper theft call Lexington Police at 859-258-3600.

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