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Thieves steal copper by going underground

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December 10, 2007

PORTLAND, Maine—Police in Portland are investigating the theft of four miles of copper wire that that were used for lights along the city's east end waterfront trail.

Police say thieves took the wire by pulling it through underground conduits over a period of several days last week. The wire was valued at about $54,000.

Thieves have been stealing copper from targeted work sites and homes across the state the last couple of years as copper prices have risen.

In Portland last month, somebody took $40,000 worth of copper wiring and tools from the Mercy Hospital construction site, and another $20,000 worth of copper from another office building construction site.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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