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11/20/2012 10:50:00 AM
Thieves target copper wire

By David Richards

What's been a consistent problem for years in Rochester has made its way to Byron.

Olmsted County deputy Greg Wood reported to the city council Nov. 14 that twice in the past week, electrical wire had been stolen off homes being constructed in the area.

Wood said thieves melt the plastic coverings off the wire and then sell the copper to scrap yards. He said the process has been a problem in the county for the past four or five years, but hadn't been in Byron until now.

"Our problem is, we don't know who's supposed to be there and who's not," Wood said.

The properties most vulnerable are the ones where the studded, uncovered walls have gone up, but the sheetrock hasn't.

"They then come in and cut the wire back out before the sheetrock goes up," Wood said.

He added that when the plastic coverings are burned, they're usually burned in a bonfire, so he encouraged residents to keep watch for dark black smoke that stinks.

"We'll try to stay on top of it," Wood told the council.


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