Copper thieves hit condo complex

Posted on: October 27, 2010

Many home builders know that thieves target copper from new homes, but some low-life criminals decided to go to a condo complex where people were living to steal copper. As a result, residents in an Aurora, Colorado condo complex are now without water and heat.

The thieves went to the laundry room, boiler room and sprinkler system of the condo area and stole twenty foot lengths of copper pipe weighing around 20 to 30 pounds. There are 50 condo units in the building with some units unoccupied. But the residents living there have been without water and heat for at least three days.

The management company has plumbers working on the problem and hopes to have everything restored soon. The cost of replacing and repairing is $4,500.

Police have tracked down the copper pipe to a local recycler. Colorado State Law requires recyclers to keep documentation of people selling metals. As a result, the police hope to find these thieves and arrest them.


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