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05/13/11 — Copper hunting: Vacant houses are one of first places thieves strike

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Copper hunting: Vacant houses are one of first places thieves strike

By Gary Popp
Published in News on May 13, 2011 1:46 PM

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News-Argus/MICHAEL K. DAKOTA

Goldsboro Police Sgt. Dwayne Dean shows where thieves have dismantled air conditioner units to steal the copper tubing. The high price of metal has increased the number of incidents of copper thefts.

As the prices of precious metals have risen, so, too, have the frequency of metal thefts. In the past four months alone, Goldsboro police have received more than 80 reports of metal thefts. Most involved thieves stripping copper and...

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