Copper thieves costing taxpayers thousands

Copper damage (KRQE News 13)
Copper damage (KRQE News 13)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Copper thieves are forcing taxpayers to foot the bill again when on March 5, 2014 crooks stole copper from the South Valley Economic Development Center causing significant damage and costing thousands in repairs.

In December 2013 thieves got away with thousands of dollars in copper from a park in the southwest and in mid-January more than $100,000 worth of the precious metal was stolen from the Isleta Amphitheater. County officials told KRQE News 13 then these thieves know what they’re doing, “they were very thorough and methodical in what they did. It appears someone knew what they were doing and how to get to the wire,” said Mark Chavez from Bernailillo County.

County officials say these three most recent thefts are costing taxpayers more than $130,000 to replace and repair. Repairs to the South Valley Economic Development Center alone will cost about $10,000 in repairs.

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