[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.

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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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  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Jun 2, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    There needs to felony charges and jail time for BUYING stolen cooper.
  • by friday Location: Tallahassee on Jun 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    Bring back hard labor.
  • by SH88 Location: tally on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    We need a shoot on sight policy.
  • by Kate Location: Tallahassee on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:43 AM
    2 years ago my husband and I caught a guy trying to steal our neighbor's AC unit while they were out of town for the summer. We weren't able to hold him, but at least he didn't get the AC unit. The deputy said he was probably looking for copper and whatever scrap price he could get for the AC. I noticed yesterday that someone has finally succeded in stealing the AC unit next door at the same house, and this time, the house is vacant and up for sale. Same guy, maybe? I'm glad our AC unit is behind a fence where it would be pretty hard to get to. Too bad people don't put this much energy into finding and keeping a job! It's apparently easier to steal from other people who DO work.
  • by knowledgeispower Location: tally on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:38 AM
    @hardworkingma...lol but I would pay that expense and i think it would be a good deterrent...no more jail time...cut them hands off....today...instant approval lol!
  • by Hammond Aigs on Jun 1, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    No need to cut of "there" hands (hey, morons - it's "their" hands!) - if the thug gets caught doing this stuff more than once, execute him/her. There are more than enough people on earth; we won't miss a few hundred thousand worthless scumbag thugs ...
  • by Bobo Location: Tallahassee on Jun 1, 2011 at 05:21 AM
    You know, if these guys would put as much effort at an honest day's work, they could be a successful part of society. Got to wonder what goes through their minds...
  • by Hard working ma on Jun 1, 2011 at 03:38 AM
    if u cut off there hands and this and that then what? we still have to pay for them it's a no win
  • by david on May 31, 2011 at 08:53 PM
    This is just another thug, he looks like a thief too. I hope he enjoys his long stay in prison.
  • by Bob Location: Jasper on May 31, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    Maybe if we could use deadly force more readily then the thefts would stop. At least there wouldn't be any repeat offenders. A thief is on par with a liar, you can NEVER trust either.
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