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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Meth heads stealing copper from farmers


California farmers are increasingly having to deal with people stealing copper wiring out of irrigation systems. The thefts, which gain the thief a few hundred dollars can cost the farmers thousands of dollars to replace. And if the theft is not noticed soon enough, the entire crop can be lost.
Police say that they believe that most of the thefts are committed by methamphetamine addicts. But if the price of copper keeps rising, I doubt it will just be methamphetamine addicts stealing it.
This isn't the first time I've written about copper salvage. A few months ago, I wrote about Vietnamese fisherman who were accidentally pulling up newer fiber optic cabling when trying to salvage old copper cables. I fully expect to see a lot more stories about stolen cables and wires in the near future.

Via New York Times: Unusual Culprits Cripple Farms in California

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3 Comments:

  • In Germany they have stolen some big bronze statues from public places (bronze is an alloy containing copper and tin). This can only done using low-loading trucks etc. They supposed internationally operating organizations to be behind it.

    Those people are so unscrupulous. For the advantage of some few thousand euro/dollars they do harm for many hundred thousands plus the distress of the persons concerned.

    By Anonymous Alexander, at August 05, 2007 1:09 AM  

  • (Sorry Google showed "Server error" after first posting. Than it appeared 2 times. Hope you can remove one (and this :-)

    By Anonymous Alexander, at August 05, 2007 1:14 AM  

  • Fixed it. No problem.

    By Blogger Jamie Barrows, at August 05, 2007 8:49 AM  

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