Metal Thieves Strike at Local School

Metal thieves targeted the new Opp Elementary School construction site.

Sometime between 5 p.m. Tuesday to 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, someone got into the construction site for the new South Highlands Elementary School in Opp.

The thief got away with nearly 400 feet of welding material and two heavy-duty extension cords; a net value of just under $2,000.

This is the first copper theft in Opp, however it has been prevalent across the Wiregrass and Panhandle.

Opp Police Department Capt. Nickey Carnley says, "Jobs are scarce, and those are looking to steal. With copper, it's hard to detect where it comes from, and they sell it for a quick dollar. They come to sell it."

School superintendent, Michael Smithart, says the real losers in this copper theft are the kids.

“The students are the ones most jeopardized with this theft, and that's why I’m so disappointed in this theft," said Smithart.

Opp police requests anyone with information of this crime to contact them at the number (334) 493-4511.


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