Authorities Investigating Copper Theft at Coffee County Landfill

By: Mike Gurspan
By: Mike Gurspan

Authorities are looking for clues to the weekend break-in at the Coffee County Landfill.

It is believed sometime Sunday afternoon, a thief or thieves broke into several buildings at the Coffee County Landfill. Authorities say the suspects were looking for mainly copper and diesel fuel.

"The price of metals like copper and aluminum are very high, along with diesel fuel,” said Coffee County Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth. “In fact, we've had cases of thieves stealing whole air-conditioners in order to get the copper out of them."

Several county work vehicles at the landfill were moved and damaged as well.

Copper has become a big target due to its price.

Landfill officials tells News 4, since the price of copper has gone up, they've taken several precautions in regard to keeping it from the hands of thieves.

Coffee County Landfill Manager Mike Thornton, said, "On two separate occasions, we've had someone get into the landfill when it’s been closed looking to find copper, and diesel fuel. We hope to take care of that problem at our recycling center."

Those with information on the Coffee County Landfill break-in are urged to call your nearest law enforcement agency.

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