In July, I penned what seemed like typical blasphemy from Rosenwald comma Maryland — that copper was the new diamond.
That’s because two workers had just stolen $70,000 worth of the stuff from Pepco trucks, part of a bizarre crime trend sweeping the country, in which thieves pilfer copper from houses, businesses and even churches, then recycle it for cash. At $4 a pound, the going is good.
Last month, I felt somewhat justified with my copper-new-diamond line after copper bandits stuck eight times in Northern Virginia, causing gas leaks and water damage.
I mean, how many diamond thefts have you read about recently? Now, how many copper thefts have you read about lately?
Now comes this news from Hagerstown: Thieves are stealing air conditioner compressors!
Four of them. To recycle the copper. The Daily-Mail reports that “the culprits climbed onto the roofs of commercial businesses and stripped valuable metal out of the units.” These thefts come after Hagerstown police have had their hands full investigating “dozens” of copper pipe thefts from homes.
And so I ask you: Have you been a victim of copper theft? What kind of damage did it cause? What did police tell you about such crimes in your area? Has copper been stripped from foreclosed homes in your neighborhood?