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copper wire theft

The cost of copper was around $2.50 a pound in mid-June. While that might not sound like a lot of money, when you have hundreds of feet of copper wire, you’re talking about thousands of dollars or more. Transit systems, which utilize copper in wiring, are the latest target for thieves looking to make some easy cash.

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Railway copper thefts rise with price of metal

Copper, which now hovers at $3 a pound on the scrap market compared to about 80 cents a decade ago, is essential to the running of commuter railways, carrying electrical power from substations to the live third rail.

2 men convicted in Sound Transit copper wire thefts

The pair reportedly used bolt cutters to detach the copper wire, entering maintenance hatches in a tunnel that runs below the elevated stretch of the light rail between the SeaTac and Rainier Beach rail stops, from November 2010 through August 2011.

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