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Copper thefts falling along with economy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A downturn in the commodity markets has
slowed the number of thefts in the Montgomery area.

Police in Elmore and Autuaga counties say when scrap copper was
selling for $3.50 a pound, they constantly responded to thefts of
things like wire and plumbing stolen from rural churches and empty
homes.

But Autauga County Sheriff Herbie Johnson says the pace of
copper thefts has slowed dramatically in the last four months.

Friday afternoon recyle.net reported copper was going for $1.87
for top of the line scrap to 12 cents per pound for copper wiring
in sealed electric motors.

Tommy Fleming, owner of Capital Recycling in Montgomery,
estimates as much as a 70 percent decrease in the volume of things
coming into the industry. Starting June 16, a Montgomery law will
force anyone selling copper to present a photo ID.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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