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Copper goes walkabout from Mitchell

By johnboy - 28 January 2011 6

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the theft of a large quantity of copper wire from an electrical supplies company in Palle Street, Mitchell earlier this week.

The four barrels of wire and cabling is valued in excess of $20,000.

It is believed the wire was stolen from the store between the hours of 1.30am and 2am on Wednesday (January 26).

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have heard or seen any suspicious behaviour or suspicious vehicles in Palle Street, Mitchell at the time of the incident, or may be able to assist police with their investigation, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Copper goes walkabout from Mitchell
niftydog 9:33 am 31 Jan 11

LSWCHP said :

Sydney and Melbourne no doubt have gangs of thieves nicking gold bullion, silver, diamonds etc. But canberra has it’s gang of master copper thieves.

A tin heist would be more lucrative per tonne! Sadly there’s not often 2 tonnes of gold sitting outside on a pallet in a yard in a quiet industrial area…

neanderthalsis 8:34 am 31 Jan 11

LSWCHP, Copper is going for for a bit under $10k a ton at the moment, so copper blagging is a lucrative business. So while it’s not up there with the great London train robbery, it’s still a nice little earner and more attractive than holding up a servo for $200 and a pack of pringles.

gospeedygo 2:01 pm 29 Jan 11

Either people don’t learn or else its an inside job.

deye 1:09 pm 29 Jan 11

LSWCHP said :

And thinking about it, I thought they’d busted the copper robber? Could we possibly have 2 gangs of copper thieves in Canberra?[/quote>

Considering the guy who got nabbed only had $5k worth of copper, he was probably just a copy cat.

LSWCHP 9:17 pm 28 Jan 11

For some reason, the very existence of a bunch of badass specialist copper blaggers seems…I dunno…surreal, strangely downmarket and yet quaintly Canberran.

Sydney and Melbourne no doubt have gangs of thieves nicking gold bullion, silver, diamonds etc. But canberra has it’s gang of master copper thieves.

What next? Lead? Or perhaps the great tin heist of 2011?

And thinking about it, I thought they’d busted the copper robber? Could we possibly have 2 gangs of copper thieves in Canberra?

Spoono 3:41 pm 28 Jan 11

Man these copper thieves are pros, you’d think folks with large amounts of copper might start doing a bit more to protect it considering it’s been happening for months.

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