Farmer Offers $7,000 Reward To Catch Copper Thief Vandalizing Irrigation Systems

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Thousands of feet of copper wire are being stolen off of irrigation systems around the east. A Washington County farmer says he's had enough, and is offering a $7,000 reward to anyone who catches the thieves in the act.

H.A. Respass Farms in Washington County had copper wires stolen off 2 irrigation systems over the last month. With each crime costing them $10,000 in repairs, Herbert A. Respass says he's offering a reward of $7,000 to anyone who catches the thieves in the act. He spoke with us Wednesday night about his frustrations.

"They would make someone a very good employee if they put the time and effort toward a job, and they handled that job like they work at night thieving," said Respass

The Washington County Sheriff's Office tells us they've seen 4 of these cases, but know that more incidents have occurred in Beaufort, Bertie and Hyde counties as well. Anyone with any information should call their local sheriff's department.