Thieves Lift 1,000 Lbs of Copper From Old Plant

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Kyle Evans of the Murfreesboro Police Department said they will be watching for someone trying to sell that much copper.

The haul was taken from a General Electric plant on Broad Street some time Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Police said the thieves had to cut a fence, break a window and remove the wiring from the ceiling.

Evans said they had ample time to cut over 100 feet of wire down.

State legislators have held meetings this year to discuss stricter regulations and penalties for the scrap metal trade. Rising metal prices have spurred thieves to steal piping, wiring and other metal parts.

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