Copper wire stripped from light poles in brazen theft

Posted at 8:59 PM, Jun 04, 2013

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — Thieves stripped the copper wire from at least three light poles in Cottonwood Heights in a brazen theft Monday.

Police said the theft occurred between 8 p.m. and midnight in the parking lot of a Famous Dave’s barbecue restaurant, which is on a busy intersection at 7200 south and Union Park.

Sgt. Dave Broadhead, Cottonwood Heights Police Department, said thefts of copper wires are becoming all too common, as it can be lucrative for thieves.

“Copper is fairly expensive,” he said. “Eighty feet of copper wire and three poles, that’s a substantial amount of wire.”

Police are calling on companies that recycle copper to notify them when they get wire that looks like it may have been stolen.