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WDC High school site hit again by copper thief

The construction site of the new Wadena-Deer Creek High School has been hit again by a suspected copper thief -- or thieves. Wadena Police Chief Bruce Uselman said sometime between the early evening hours of Monday, Dec. 26 and the early morning ...

The construction site of the new Wadena-Deer Creek High School has been hit again by a suspected copper thief -- or thieves.

Wadena Police Chief Bruce Uselman said sometime between the early evening hours of Monday, Dec. 26 and the early morning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 27, suspect(s) entered the construction site and cut padlocks on storage trailers and other storage areas on site.

The suspect(s) stole a large quantity of copper, consisting of about 200 feet of two-inch pipe in 20-foot sections, Uselman said, as well as 160 feet of one-and-a-half-inch pipe in 16 foot sections. About 100 copper fittings were also reported stolen, each of which has a rubber O-ring inside.

There were also two 250-foot rolls of 12-2 Romex copper electrical wire taken with yellow insulated coating.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Wadena Police Department or your local law enforcement agency.

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Uselman said metal thefts have been on the rise across the state, and contractors and individuals who have copper products in storage need to be vigilant in reporting any unusual activities to law enforcement.

There was a previous string of copper thefts, including at the Wadena-Deer Creek High School site, in late September 2011.

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