default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Copper theft on rise at area farms

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:15 am, Thu Mar 10, 2011.

It’s been known for several years that there’s a lot of money to be made by stealing copper wire in rural areas and selling it to recyclers who will pay for it.

But copper theft seems to have gone up in the past year or so. Thornton farmer Mike Stokes reports that, despite secure fencing, thieves have stolen copper from his properties 30 times since June 10.

Subscription Required

An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login now

Need an online subscription?



You must login to view the full content on this page.

Thank you for reading 20 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 20 free articles, or you can purchase a subscription at this time and continue to enjoy valuable local news and information. If you need help, please contact our office at 209-369-2761. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login now

Need an online subscription?



Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • Chris Santana posted at 9:40 am on Fri, Mar 18, 2011.

    Chris Santana Posts: 1

    As a commercial real estate agent and commercial property owner this has been a huge issue as well!! Large HVAC units are being vandalized just for the copper, costing landlords $15,000 to $40,000 a unit to replace. We have had landlords that didn't have the insurance in place to cover the replacement, and many of these large buildings have 5 to 10 units. We have been recommending our landlords install laser alarm systems and cameras on the roof tops which have been pretty effective. It seems to me that if there were stricter regulations at the recycling centers, this issue would slow down substantially. Drivers license and finger prints should be acquired. Those recycling on a regular basis should be investigated. It would be similar to what is required when we purchase allergy medication.



Popular Stories



Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists