Copper Thieves Cut Co-op Poles

Published: September 22nd, 2014 in: Copper Theft, Editor's Pick

Copper thieves have come up with a new and costly way to get what they want from an Illinois electric cooperative: cutting down poles. “It began with just a couple of isolated poles, and then it began... Read more

Series of Copper Thefts Costs Co-op $20,000

Published: July 7th, 2014 in: Copper Theft

A series of copper thefts by crooks using a homemade device caused June to be a very expensive month for one co-op. “We are looking at about $20,000 to $21,000” in damages, said Dena Beason, director of... Read more

Bandits Get Away With Co-op’s Car and Copper

Published: June 17th, 2014 in: Copper Theft

Thieves not only got copper from an Ohio electric cooperative, they also stole a co-op car to make off with it. Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative’s facility in Malinta was hit either late May 21 or early the... Read more

Report: Copper Theft War Not Over

Published: May 20th, 2014 in: Copper Theft, Top Story

The war on copper theft is far from over, but there’s reason for guarded optimism. A new National Insurance Crime Bureau report found the number of metal theft claims fell more than 26 percent between 2011 and... Read more

Copper Theft Summit Brings Leaders Together

Published: May 1st, 2014 in: Copper Theft

Copper theft isn’t going away. So, leaders from four southern states recently put their heads together to look at ways to fight the scourge. “Due to high metal prices, metal of any kind from cars on the... Read more

New Metal Theft Law in Michigan

Published: April 21st, 2014 in: Copper Theft

Electric cooperatives are praising a new law to fight copper theft in Michigan. “Michigan’s electric co-ops appreciate the fact that the legislature took the initiative to pass this bill,” said Casey Clark, director of communications and marketing... Read more

Iowa Co-ops Take on Copper Theft

Published: October 22nd, 2013 in: Copper Theft

Copper theft has been hitting Iowa’s electric utilities hard. Now they’re fighting back with a tool that’s long been used to catch killers and other criminals. Electric cooperatives, investor-owned and municipal utilities are teaming up with Crime... Read more

Copper Theft Hits Tenn. Co-op Hard

Published: October 15th, 2013 in: Copper Theft

Copper thieves hit a Tennessee electric cooperative for several thousand dollars in a burglary that one official described as well thought out. “What really struck me was they were very calculated, very organized. They knew what they... Read more

California Copper Theft Bills Vetoed

Published: October 8th, 2013 in: Copper Theft

Two copper theft bills have been vetoed by California Gov. Jerry Brown. The first measure, AB 841, would have banned cash payments for copper and other metals. Instead, scrap dealers would have had to mail a check... Read more

Stolen Copper Returned to Co-op

Published: September 23rd, 2013 in: Copper Theft

An electric cooperative has its stolen copper wire back, thanks to surveillance video, quick work by law enforcement and a suspect’s decision that helped lead police right to him. Berkeley Electric Cooperative had just over 300 pounds... Read more