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.
To combat copper and metal theft, St. Louis requires sellers to show an I.D., but another Missouri city has gone a step farther.
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.
Citizens asked to contact authorities
The house sitter got a firearm and tried to re-secure the door, then fired one round that hit the victim in the chest.
The City Council voted in March to require scrap yards to report the names of anyone who sells more than $50 in metal.
He stole roughly 900 pounds of industrial copper wiring in 2009.
The windows of home were blown out.
All of the arrests took place this month, with one of the men arrested twice.
A city alderwoman is working to expand the bill over the summer.