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

N.J. Gov. Vetoes Copper Theft Bill

Published: September 17th, 2013 in: Copper Theft

Efforts to crack down on copper theft suffered a surprise setback in New Jersey with the veto of a bill requiring scrap dealers to keep records of their purchases. Recyclers would have had to send electronic purchase... Read more

Copper Theft Rewards Pay Off

Published: August 5th, 2013 in: Copper Theft, Top Story

Copper theft was “getting out of control” and Southeastern Electric Cooperative knew it had to act. The result was a reward program that has made a dramatic change. The co-op saw things coming to a head in... Read more

Copper Theft Laws Help Utilities

Published: July 16th, 2013 in: Copper Theft

Two states have new laws getting tough on copper theft, including one that specifically targets crooks who steal from substations. In Idaho, a measure that took effect July 1 makes a person is guilty of a felony... Read more

Copper Theft Suspect Found Dead

Published: July 8th, 2013 in: Copper Theft

An attempted copper theft from a southeastern Minnesota electric cooperative’s utility pole apparently resulted in the suspect’s electrocution, according to investigators. The incident is among the latest in a series of metal theft investigations completed or under... Read more

Cobb EMC Hosts Police SteakOut

Published: July 1st, 2013 in: Local Initiatives

A Georgia electric cooperative is building stronger ties with public safety personnel in its service territory by hosting annual steak appreciation lunches for their service district’s law enforcement community. “We work hand in hand with law enforcement... Read more

Metal Theft Bill Clears Senate Panel

Published: June 18th, 2013 in: Copper Theft

A federal copper theft bill heads to the full Senate now that the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved it. NRECA is among those supporting the bipartisan Metal Theft Prevention Act, S. 394. The bill would make it... Read more