Thieves Pillage Foreclosed Homes For Valuable Copper

Would-be thieves have been electrocuted in the process of trying to harvest copper from air conditioners or electrical boxes that were still live.

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Copper piping and wires are often used in the installation of central air conditioning.

The price of copper is high, and so is the number of people stealing it. A pound of scrap metal today sells for $3.22. Indiana State Police say thieves have been finding copper in electrical boxes and old appliances.

Since the housing market’s collapse, there has been an increase in foreclosed homes; now is an especially fruitful time for harvesting copper from abandoned houses. But Indiana State Police Sergeant Dave Bursten said several cases have been reported of would-be thieves getting electrocuted in the process of trying to harvest copper from air conditioners or electrical boxes that were still live.

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