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By Mitch Hotts Macomb Daily Staff Writer Warren police on Monday arrested a man suspected of stealing three air conditioners from a business in the area of Nine Mile and Schoenherr that he planned to break down and sell the copper coils to a scrap yard. Police received word of the larceny about 1 p.m. [...]

Stolen memorial plaque turned in to Codiac RCMP!

Posted on January 5th, 2012 by Jessie

Yesterday, we told you about the rash of thefts of historic plaques that has plagued Kent County, Metro Moncton, and many other places across North America. We also told you the thefts included the historic monument to Moncton’s original settlers at Riverfront Park. Then also yesterday came good news and bad news. That plaque is [...]

Smart water to pull the plug on metal thieves

Posted on January 4th, 2012 by Jessie

Thames Water is to coat its most valuable pipes and metal in “smart water” and spray crooks in a bid to stop an epidemic of thefts. The company admitted today that it loses £1.2 million a year to thieves taking metal from its sites. It is now planning to tag its property and is working [...]

Theft of nickel is a case of international intrigue!

Posted on January 4th, 2012 by Jessie

By Peter Hermann Three people connected to the theft of more than 321,000 pounds of stolen metal have pleaded guilty in a scheme with tentacles reaching from a scrap metal dealer in West Baltimore to companies in Pittsburgh, New York, Switzerland, India and Australia. It began with a truck chassis loaded with shipping containers filled [...]

A mum of one is appealing for information from the public following the theft of her parents’ memorial plaques. Angela Warburton, 41 from Springhead in Oldham discovered they had been stolen following an alert by her sister. The plaques that were screwed into stone are made of bronze. They are £189 each and were stolen [...]

Suburban communities increasingly hit with metal thefts!

Posted on December 27th, 2011 by Jessie

GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan — Scavengers who steal metal to sell for cash are increasingly taking advantage of new hunting grounds — the suburbs. Aluminum siding, copper pipes and wire, heating and cooling units — even metal from a Consumers Energy substation — have been snatched by suburban scrappers this year. “(Scrapping outside of Flint has) [...]

Wise bleacher thief indicted; bleachers not recovered.

Posted on December 21st, 2011 by Jessie

WISE, Va. – A Coeburn man has been indicted for taking two sets of bleachers and part of a third from Wise’s Veldon D. Dotson Recreation Park. According to Wise Police Chief Tony Bates, on Dec. 7, Wise Police received information identifying a vehicle that had visited a Coeburn scrap yard several times to drop [...]

Barbara Hepworth sculpture stolen from Dulwich Park.

Posted on December 21st, 2011 by Jessie

The bronze piece, called Two Forms (Divided Circle), was cut from its plinth overnight, Trevor Moore of Dulwich Park Friends said. The price it could fetch as scrap metal would only be a tiny fraction of its value as a complete work. Southwark Council is offering a reward for the thieves’ arrest and conviction. Mr [...]

Bus battery thefts close Van Dyke schools.

Posted on December 16th, 2011 by Jessie

Van Dyke Public Schools officials expect to have the district’s bus fleet operational and schools to reopen Monday after thieves stole 45 batteries from 15 buses overnight. “Absolutely,” Superintendent Joseph Pius said, when asked if the district will hold classes Monday. “Barring anything else.” On Friday morning, district officials discovered somebody cut a hole in [...]

Manhole cover, sewer grate thieves caught ‘red-handed’.

Posted on December 16th, 2011 by Jessie

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s office spokesman Derrick Jackson said Thursday afternoon that at least two men had been arrested at about 1 p.m. after a tip from residents. Jackson said more details would be available Friday on the arrests and the cases to which they were linked. “They were actually caught red-handed, thanks to [...]