$3,000 In Copper Wire Stolen In Greenville

There's been another case of copper theft in the east.

Greenville Police say around 8,500 feet of copper wire was stolen from a construction site at Meridian Park apartments.

Police say it happened sometime between 4:00 p.m. February 18th and 6:00 a.m. February 20th.

The copper wire which was stolen from 4 apartment units under construction and is valued at around $3,000.


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  • by Pete Location: Grifton on Feb 22, 2012 at 04:42 PM
    I use to work security for a company back in the late 1960's.this slick scam was pulled alot.the delivery guy marked down on his paperwork delivered and the company guy checking off the delivery worked together,the item's were never delivered but checked off as being delivered.nobody saw a thing.the delivery guy sold the goods then split the money with the company guy in receiving.Another good one go in one door buy a large ticket item.go out the door drive around back go back in get the same item and go out the other door with sale ticket in hand.wait a few days and take the large ticket item back or if scared sell it on the street.I have seen a woman send children into a clothes rack with a large bag from the target company store then shop around then go back to the rack each time hand the items to the kid another woman comes in get's the bag while the first woman spanks or get's loud as to get sales staffs attention while the other woman walks out with several hundred dollars worth of clothes.they also use a baby stroller to hide items.
  • by Tim Location: Greenville on Feb 22, 2012 at 09:01 AM
    Looks like Bubbles from The Wire is at it again.
  • by April Location: Eastern North Carolina on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    If the construction companies hire a security company to watch the property they won't have this problem...or at the very least...minimize this from happening! Call Federal Security Services for all your security needs!
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      by JS on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM in reply to April
      It's a sad when we need to hire a security company to safeguard rolls of wire or wire already run through studs on a construction sight! That ought to jack up the cost of building a house! I'm sure the contractor don't care. Most of them will just charge the customer for the cost and labor of re-installing the wire. I tell you, this country has gone to hell!
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 22, 2012 at 01:45 PM in reply to JS
        Thanks for that info JS.
  • by carl Location: greenville nc on Feb 22, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    you guys are thinking that this copper is going to a recycling company. Better think again, most likely it will go to an electrical contractor. The thief makes more money and the contractor gets new material at a greatly reduced rate. Very hard to trace and almost impossible to find unless someone turns them in. I have seen this happen in the past and not to long ago a contractor was charged for this very thing in our area.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:13 AM in reply to carl
      I think you are absolutely correct. Impossible to trace unless you made a contractor produce a receipt for every bit of material he purchased - not practical in any sense. Why would you "recycle" perfectly usable wire/cable, anyway?
  • by humphreypink Location: pink on Feb 22, 2012 at 06:09 AM
    i have been in the junk business fpor over 50 years and the best way to catch these thieves is to call 100 miles all the local junk yaeds and have them to be on the look out for someone who they dont regular see or don't know trying to sell it.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 02:30 AM
    I used to work Loss Prevention for one of the big box hardware stores. I caught several shoplifters that walked out with more than $3K worth of copper wire without paying.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 03:19 AM in reply to
      And how are they just walking out with that much? Not hard to spot if you have deligent employees and a secure store.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 22, 2012 at 01:40 AM
    They will have a difficult time selling it. I can't rmemeber the pounds but it has to be registered and okayed w/ the Sherriff's dept. w/ a certificate before it can be sold, at least in the counties I am aware in. That is alot of copper.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 22, 2012 at 05:47 AM in reply to Shine
      I thought that too. Seems like all the recycling places would be alerted to contact authorities if someone tries to sell it, but maybe that's in a perfect world.
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        by Wharf Rat on Feb 22, 2012 at 03:56 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        Well, the thing is, they can chop this copper up and sell it to several different dealers. They don`t have to sell it all to one salvage yard.
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        by Recycler on Feb 22, 2012 at 04:23 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        Actually, law enforcement doees contact recycling centers about theft. They even bring us pictures and tag numbers to watch for more often than you might think. An honest scrapyard will require a photo ID which is scanned, vehicle tag info and if you have more than 50lbs of copper you won't get cash, you get a check. And if we think there is a problem, we will refuse to purchase without proof of where the copper came from and legal ownership. You can't be too careful these days.
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