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Scrap Thefts Continue Throughout the Area

Posted at: 11/09/2012 6:36 PM
Updated at: 11/09/2012 6:40 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- The Olmsted County sheriff’s office is on the lookout for scrappers after more than six communications towers reported copper thefts in one week. Those towers are not the only places being targeted in the community.

It's a crime the Olmsted County sheriff's department is very familiar with.

"It goes beyond the dollar amount, it's the frustration," said Sgt. Tom Claymon.

Scrappers targeting empty homes for their precious metals.

"It's all the copper obviously, is the target," said Claymon.

A newly built home in Byron was recently the target, when more than $2,000 of copper was taken Wednesday night. But these scrappers have a new target as well.

"What once was fertile grounds for scrappers dried up, and that may have led to where we are now with the towers," said Claymon.

The sheriff's department says more than six communication towers have reported break ins.

"It's a target of opportunity because of the remoteness and they present an easy mark," said Claymon.

The thieves have caused damage of up to $3,000.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's department believes who ever is targeting these towers knows what they are doing because inside the towers it's extremely dangerous. They are filled with high frequency radio waves and high voltage.

"The fact that is that if they touch the wrong item in there, were going to be picking pieces of them off the inside," said Claymon.

Officials want help to make sure more towers do not fall victim.

"We are really asking our community to helps us obviously the towers are scattered throughout Olmsted County and in remote locations," said Claymon.

If you have any information or see any suspicious vehicles near one of those communications towers your asked to call the Olmsted County Sheriff's office.