Copper theft 'like an epidemic' sweeping US
Copper is such a hot commodity that thieves are going after the metal anywhere they can find it. On a Utah highway construction site, crooks managed to abscond with six miles of copper wire. That’s just one of a handful of recent targets across the U.S. in the $1 billion business of copper theft. "There's no question the theft has gotten much, much worse," said Mike Adelizzi, president of the American Supply Association, a nonprofit group representing distributors and suppliers in the plumbing, heating, cooling and industrial pipe industries.
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