[UPDATE] Thieves Find New Ways to Steal Copper

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Deputies say the average home contains about 50 pounds of copper. Several arrests involving copper theft have been made this week alone.

Deputies urge you to be on the lookout for anyone prowling around vacant homes.

"The problem is to get that 150 dollars worth of copper it'll probably cause about ten-thousand dollars worth of damage to the house," says Thomas County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Tim Watkins.

Deputies say local businesses that buy copper are required to ID those selling the metal.

Officers say 48-year-old Aaron Roan was arrested last week after neighbors on the 100 block of Yates Street caught him in the act.

Officers say Roan used the crawl space under the home to gain access to copper.

Officers say it is easy for thieves to crawl under older homes because of the way they are built.

"The houses sit up high. It's designed for you to be allowed to crawl up under it so you can access the pipe work," says Thomasville resident Tony Presley.

Officers say they're still investigating to see if Roan had any connection with other copper thefts around the Thomasville area.

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