Thieves Take 9,000 Feet Of Copper Wire From National Grid

I see these stories from time to time. They’re really peripheral to metal stamping, so mostly I ignore them. But they do illustrate how expensive copper has become, and there seems to be a spate of them this weekend, so I thought I’d do a little round-up.

Syracuse Police are trying to figure out who stole 9,000 feet of copper wire from an underground conduit that runs from West Kirkpatrick Street to Hiawatha Boulevard. A National Grid employee told police the person or people who did it, has some knowledge of wiring.
David Hess, a National Grid employee, told police that sometime between October 27 and November 2, someone took the wire. Hess told police National Grid only learned about the theft when contractors went to install street lights.
The copper wire is valued at one dollar per foot, making the value of the entire theft $9,000.

Pole toppled in copper-theft try

Police said they foiled a copper theft early yesterday after a 47-year-old Honolulu man chopped down a utility pole and attempted to rip wire from a transformer

Since May, copper thieves have caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to state freeways along the central and west O’ahu corridor

Pittsburgh Man Arrested In Copper Wire Thefts

And just to show how much the change in economics is changing everything else surrounding it,

Former Oneida Limited Knife Plant To Make Copper Wire, 50 New Jobs

A company with several facilities already in Central New York will turn the former Oneida Limited knife plant in Kenwood into a copper wire manufacturing plant.

Mining firms in fight over mill

Two mining companies are battling over a massive shuttered copper mill near Tucson that holds the key to development plans for both.

The mill is central to a $128 million planned expansion of Mercator Minerals’ Mineral Park copper mine near Kingman and to increased production at Asarco’s Mission mine in Sahuarita, 18 miles south of Tucson.

Both companies claim ownership of the 30-year-old mill and have asked the courts to decide who gets to keep the hulking steel-and-iron plant.

Toronto-based Mercator Minerals Ltd. has a sales receipt, but Tucson’s Asarco LLC has the mill, which is mothballed on its Mission property.

All this, mind you, on one day. A Sunday, at that!

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