::Thief Takes Manhole Covers And Stoplights
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff And Wire Reports
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
DURHAM - Thieves in Durham are apparently stealing anything that's not nailed down that can be sold as scrap metal.
According to the Durham Police, police investigators are trying to trying to identify two suspects and a vehicle used in a May 12th copper theft that took place at a construction site near Cole Mill Road and Interstate 85.
Police say that two white males stole copper wire and signal lights worth several thousand dollars from the site around 10:30am. on May 12th.
According to statements from police, the two suspects loaded the stolen items into the bed of a 1990's model white Ford pickup truck with duct tape on the back window.
Durham Police have investigated numerous thefts in recent weeks of metal objects such as copper, drainage grates and manhole covers.
According to one business owner in downtown Durham, last year thieves took several tons of metal building parts that were stolen in broad daylight about two blocks from the Durham Police station.
The problem has been rampant across the country as copper wiring has even been stolen from inside of buildings and outside fuseboxes. ::