copper theft


Four Charged in Copper Wire Theft Ring in Franklin County

It’s been suspected, that the thieves have been cutting down the cable and burning the casing off prior to selling the remaining copper to recycling centers.


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Missouri Town Considers Taking Photos of Scrap Metal Sellers

To combat copper and metal theft, St. Louis requires sellers to show an I.D., but another Missouri city has gone a step farther.


Police say the suspect cut the bronze plaques into 35-40 pieces before selling them to the scrape company.

UPDATE: Copper Plaques Stolen from Maplewood Richmond Heights HS Recovered

Detectives say a 63 year old St. Louis man cut up the two plaques into 35 to 40 pieces then sold them to a St. Louis scrape company.


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Police Seek More Charges Against Scrap Metal Thief

Citizens asked to contact authorities


Intruder Shot and Killed in South St. Louis

The house sitter got a firearm and tried to re-secure the door, then fired one round that hit the victim in the chest.


Springfield Dealing With Surge Of Metal Thefts

The City Council voted in March to require scrap yards to report the names of anyone who sells more than $50 in metal.


Granite City Man Gets 2 ½ Years For Copper Theft

He stole roughly 900 pounds of industrial copper wiring in 2009.


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Copper Thieves Suspected in Dellwood House Fire

The windows of home were blown out.


Deputies Arrest 5 Suspected Copper Thieves

All of the arrests took place this month, with one of the men arrested twice.


Copper Theft Bill Waiting for Fall

A city alderwoman is working to expand the bill over the summer.



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