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Published December 19, 2011, 07:08 PM

Copper thefts in region have authorities on watch

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - $150,000 - That's how much copper has been stolen from Fargo to Jamestown in the month of December. Another theft over the weekend has Fargo police worried more could be on the way.

$150,000 - That's how much copper has been stolen from Fargo to Jamestown in the month of December. Another theft over the weekend has Fargo police worried more could be on the way.

Dakota Electric Construction Company was the latest victim in this string of copper burglaries. Fargo police say thieves stole more than $100,000 in copper sometime between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The loss resulted in 52 large spools of copper being taken.

Fargo Police say the burglars needed to use a fork-lift to steal the copper, and it would've taken the thieves a significant amount of time to steal the 2,000 pounds of metal. Nearly $20,000 of copper was stolen from a south Fargo business last week, and, $30,000 worth of copper was stolen from a Jamestown business on the 7th.

Lt. Joel Vettel – Fargo Police Department: “Can't stress enough the importance of just locking those items up. If you have them on a work site, secure them each and every night. If you're having them in storage make sure you have a secure lock and alarm system.”

Police say there are systems in place that monitor the selling of large amounts of copper and that they will be working with other agencies to try and track down them metal.

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