Metal thieves hitting Hatboro

January 7, 2008 5:09:40 AM PST
Hatboro police are trying to solve a rash of thefts of metals from construction sites.

In December, about $15,000 worth of copper wire and scrap metal was taken.

Sgt. James Petrik attributes the thefts to the rise in scrap metal prices, especially those for copper wire.

Authorities say copper and scrap metal thefts have become commonplace in Bucks and Montgomery counties in recent years.

Not only materials are being stolen. Tools worth about $2,500 were stolen from two construction trailers around Christmas.

Petrik says two Philadelphia men were arrested in Hatboro on Dec. 1 after an officer spotted them driving away from a closed store with scrap metal in a U-Haul truck.

Information from: The Intelligencer,