Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 23, 2014

Tazewell detective working to solve 800 pound copper theft crime

BLUEFIELD, Va. — The Tazewell County Sheriff’s office hopes the public can help identify the person or persons who stole approximately 800 pounds of copper from a Bluefield, Va., Industrial Park business.

Detective Adam Crouse of the Tazewell Sheriff’s office said the thief or thieves gained access to Electrical Insulation Supply (EIS) by forced entry and took two reels of cooper with a scrap value of an estimated $2,400.

“The last time I checked, scrap copper was getting $3 a pound,” Crouse said. “There is some fluctuation in the price, but 800 pounds is quite a bit of copper.”

Crouse did not release any of the evidence he has collected so far in the investigation. He said that typically, law enforcement officers check with local scrap yards, but he said that copper thieves can take the material that they steal out of the area.

“The last time we had a theft of copper from that industrial park, we found it in Davidson County, N.C.,” Crouse said.

“We’re seeking help from the public on this investigation,” Crouse said.

“Maybe someone heard something that can help us identify the person or persons responsible for the theft,” he said.

Anyone with information on the theft can contact Crouse at 276-988-1159. “Anyone who has information on the crime can remain anonymous if they choose,” Crouse said.

Crouse said the theft took place during the nighttime hours of Jan 16.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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