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Published November 07, 2013, 05:56 PM

Officer metal-theft training

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - About 30 eastern North Dakota law enforcement officers spent the day in Fargo learning about one of the fastest growing crimes in the country: Metal theft; copper theft, in particular.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - About 30 eastern North Dakota law enforcement officers spent the day in Fargo learning about one of the fastest growing crimes in the country: Metal theft; copper theft, in particular.

It's estimated for every $100 of copper wire stolen or stripped from utility companies, it takes $5,000 to repair, and training officers say the crime also fuels another illegal activity.

Terrence Alling- Federal Police Officer: "The real risk of this is, we say, that 90% of these people out here stealing this are drug users and they have habits, so they're stealing it to fund those habits."

The demand for copper has skyrocketed in the past few years due to an increased demand in Asian countries.

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