Police investigate rash of downspout thefts

January 14, 2008 5:11:00 AM PST
Police in Northern Delaware are investigating several thefts of residential downspouts and copper wire supplies from construction sites.

Newark Police say thefts of copper items have been reported in the city over the past two months. Most of the thefts involved downspouts taken from private homes. Some took place during daylight hours.

In other jurisdictions, it has been reported that thieves may be posing as construction workers so as not to arouse suspicions.

Businesses that deal in scrap metal are being asked to be watchful for materials that may be stolen, and to record the name, address and vehicle information of a seller.