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Copper thieves getting bolder

Posted on: March 8, 2011

Recently, two men walked into a downtown Greeley hotel and stole $15,000 in copper piping and a boiler during the middle of the day while 750 guests were in two banquet rooms nearby. The theft was caught on the hotel surveillance cameras. These bold and brazen thieves entered the hotel through the front door at 3:30 p.m., walked past the front desk and into an elevator. They exited the hotel 30 minutes later through an emergency exit on the backside of the hotel with some of the items. Tapes then show the men returning an hour later and entering through the emergency exit, which they had left propped open. They left 45 minutes later with the boiler and the stripped copper.

When construction workers returned a couple days later they noticed that a 5-to 6-foot roll of new piping and the new boiler were missing. In addition, much of the existing pipe was pulled off the wall and some computer hardware was gone. A third person could also be involved as the driver of the vehicle used in the thefts. The car involved in the theft is identified as newer, silver Chevrolet Trailblazer. The vehicle did not have plates on the front or back.

Because the price of copper is around $4.50 per pound, thefts of copper have increased. But to steal the copper in broad daylight and take about 2 hours to steal the copper police think that these criminals knew what they were doing.

Where was the hotel staff? You would think someone at the front desk would be monitoring the surveillance cameras? What about the guests in the nearby banquet rooms, why didn’t they hear or see anything?

All scrap metal companies in the area should be on the lookout for stolen copper and report it to the police.

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