CONWAY POLICE INVESTIGATE COPPER THEFT

by Christian Mower on March 27, 2013

CONWAY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE MARCH 22, 2013 THEFT OF COPPER PIPING FROM A PRINT SHOP IN REDSTONE.

LT. CHRIS PERLEY SAYS SEVERAL OFFICERS RESPONDED TO REDSTONE GRAPHICS ON EASTMAN RD. SHORTLY BEFORE 11 A.M. FRIDAY AFTER THE OWNER OF THE BUILDING REPORTED A BREAK-IN.

OFFICERS WEREN’T SURE IF SOMEONE WAS STILL INSIDE THE BUILDING AND SEARCHED IT. PERLEY SAYS NO ONE WAS INSIDE BUT OFFICERS FOUND EVIDENCE OF FORCED ENTRY – AND SOMEONE HAD CUT OUT COPPER PIPING, PRESUMABLY FOR SCRAP.

SOME PIPING WAS CUT AWAY FROM THE WATER SERVICE SYSTEM AND OIL TANK. PERLEY SAYS THAT RESULTED IN A SLOW LEAK OF FUEL IN THE BASEMENT THAT COULD HAVE CAUSED A FIRE – AND POSED AN ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD.

REDSTONE FIREFIGHTERS WERE CALLED TO CONTAIN THE FUEL SPILL, THAT WAS REPORTED TO BE LESS THAN FIVE GALLONS.

PERLEY CAUTIONS ALL BUILDING OWNERS AND HOMEOWNERS TO REGULARLY CHECK THEIR PROPERTIES – PARTICULARLY IF THEY’RE LEFT UNOCCUPIED FOR PERIODS OF TIME. HE SAYS THEFTS OF COPPER FROM VACATION HOMES AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES ARE COMMON IN THE VALLEY – AND THEY CAN BE DEVASTATING FINANCIALLY.

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