Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 13, 2014

Police investigate copper theft from Athens Elementary

ATHENS —  Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the theft of copper pipes from Athens Elementary.

. The deputies are still working to determine where entry was gained to the school, according to Rick Ball, assistant superintendent for elementary education.

The copper pipes were connected to the school’s boiler system.

“They (school maintenance officials) did assess the boiler of the entire system, and there was no actual damage to the boiler itself,” Ball said. “It (the damage) is limited to two copper pipes. They were cut with a saw, and the copper was taken.”

Senior Deputy D.A. Furches with the sheriff’s office said damage to the school is estimated at $2,000. Furches said about 50 feet of copper pipe was stolen.

Ball said a fire extinghusier also was stolen from the school.

School is out. As a result, the theft will have no impact on the facility operations at this time, Ball said.

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