User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


61° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

$1,000 Reward For Copper Theft

November 28, 2012, 10:06 PM by Sammi Bjelland

$1,000 Reward For Copper Theft
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

With hard economic times, and a rise in the price of raw materials like copper, the rate of thefts at unattended construction sites is rising.

Tuesday night, Waterbury Heating and Cooling lost thousands of dollars worth of materials and tools during a theft.  The company is now offering a reward to get back the valuable possessions.

The price of copper has been steadily rising in recent years. And with an increase on the price tag also comes an increase in theft.

"I assume that people are looking to take it to scrap, being the price of copper. It's very expensive. And the scrap is also very good revenue to take into the junk places," Waterbury Heating and Cooling president Tom Stritecky said.

TJN Recycling in Sioux Falls pays $2.70 per pound of scrap copper.

In the middle of the night, more than $4,000 worth of copper and other construction materials were stolen from a site Waterbury Heating and Cooling was working at in the 69th Street and Louise Avenue area of Sioux Falls.

"Most of the stuff that was taken was fairly loose, laying there. Some of the product was laying there.  Also some of the gas line they did pull out of the ground to grab that. But you gotta keep in mind, criminals aren't smart. And they're doing what they can to get money," Stritecky said.

This is the third time a theft like this has happened to Waterbury. They are now turning to social media to get back what was taken.

"We have a $1,000 reward that leads to the conviction of the people that took it, and I'm assuming that somebody knows somebody that was out there," Stritecky said.

Even though the payout for such a crime can be large, there is also a risk many thieves might not consider.

"Typically speaking, the gas line does not have gas in them. However, if they did that would be a danger trying to pull them out. But more importantly, probably on a new home would be pulling the water lines out and having water damage to the home, which is as devastating as a fire or a gas leak," Stritecky said.

If you have any information on this theft, you are asked to call authorities.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Parker Teen Dies In One Vehicle Crash

4/12/2014 10:18 AM

16-year-old Tonya Anderson from Parker, SD died in a one vehicle crash west of Sioux Falls on Highway 42 on Friday.

Full Story
Woman Killed In Sioux Falls Home

4/16/2014 6:01 PM

Sioux Falls police are investigating a murder in the southwest part of the city.

Full Story
SF Woman Dies In Crash Near Brookings

4/12/2014 10:34 AM

A Sioux Falls woman died in a two vehicle crash on I-29 south of Brookings.

Full Story
SF Murder Victim Stabbed, Suspect Got Pills

4/17/2014 10:12 AM

Sioux Falls Police have released the names of the suspect and victim in the city's second homicide of 2014.

Full Story
Missing Girls Case Update On Tuesday

4/15/2014 7:15 AM

Authorities plan to release an update on the investigation into the 1971 disappearance of two South Dakota girls.

Full Story


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED