LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Construction sites can be an easy target for copper thefts, but at Breckinridge Elementary School, contractors took extra precautions to keep that from happening.
"The back door, we normally chain it up. It has a pad lock and everything on it. Well, we came in this morning and we didn't see the padlock on it at all," says John Prushing, foreman.
Once Prushing opened the door to the gymnasium, he realized 525 ft. of refrigeration pipe for the school's HVAC system was missing. He estimates the thieves got away with at least $2,000 worth of copper.
"[It] dumbfound me this morning when I walked in and seen the padlock gone. I thought 'what's going on here, we were just in here,'" Prushing says.
The company, Finney Mechanical Contractors, filed a police report and reported the loss to their insurance company. Officials with the Lexington Police Department say they often see thefts like this happen throughout the year.
"We'll follow up with the scrap metal companies in town. We like to communicate with them when there has been a particular theft that we want them to keep their eyes out for because many times we find that people steal things specifically to scrap them for the money," says Sherelle Roberts, PIO for the Lexington Division of Police.
School officials tell WKYT they won't have to worry about covering any of those costs.