2 more copper thefts reported in Augusta

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Richmond County deputies responded to two more copper thefts Thursday, according to reports from the sheriff's office.

Bradley Hodges of Brad Hodge Builders Inc. told officers that a 40-foot long copper tube set valued at $350 and 200 feet of copper wiring valued at $400 was stolen from the attic of a house on the 3100 block of Bilsoton Drive that is currently under construction. The copper was stolen some time between July 1 and Thursday, a report says.

Louise Cook, the real estate agent for the building that houses Wooden Features in the 1600 block of Broad Street, told police that copper was stolen from two air conditioners at the business sometime between Saturday and Thursday. The damage was estimated at $5,000, according to a report.

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corgimom
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corgimom 07/14/11 - 10:06 pm
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Countyman has really missed

Countyman has really missed the boat on this one.

He loves to talk about new jobs in Augusta- the greatest number of new jobs created in Augusta is "copper thief", and it's obvious that Augusta has LOTS of that job, with new positions being created daily.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/14/11 - 10:08 pm
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I think 1600 Broad St. is in

I think 1600 Broad St. is in another one of Countyman's safe zones, too. Along with all the other thefts that are being reported daily.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 07/14/11 - 11:13 pm
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The metal and aluminum

The metal and aluminum thieves aren't far behind in this new "job" explosion.

TK3
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TK3 07/14/11 - 11:24 pm
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But don't these punks now its

But don't these punks now its "illegal" to steal metal and that they are breaking the law and that special laws limiting private businesses even more were passed to help stop these thefts ?? Gee, perhaps a new law requiring them to follow the last law passed will help?

fishman960
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fishman960 07/15/11 - 12:24 am
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TK if you find out what

TK if you find out what happened to that article, e-mail me. I'm listed on my profile.

copperhead
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copperhead 07/15/11 - 04:13 am
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These are NOT thieves,they

These are NOT thieves,they are copper redistribution engeneers! Our laws on thievery have not kept up with the changing times and need to be amended or done away with all together.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 07/15/11 - 06:41 am
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As long as there is a

As long as there is a marketplace for the copper to be turned into cash, then the problem will persist. Ultimately, it is the job of the recycler to stop the conversions. Just as the gasoline industry has to put money into a collective fund to provide money to clean up leaks, recyclers should fund a pool for legitimate theft claims. Regulate them now.

scgator
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scgator 07/15/11 - 08:33 am
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1-require EVERYONE that sells

1-require EVERYONE that sells "any" scrap metal to have a valid picture ID.
2-REQUIRE that anyone who has metal to sell, go to Sheriff's office for a daily permit; this could be a free permit.
3-Limit the number of permits in a month to 3. Legitimate people who collect scrap, usually takes time for the amount to accumulate.
4-I am retired and on Social Security Disability, and would be willing to man the "permit office" for FREE if allowed NO COST FOR TAXPAYERS OF RICHMOND COUNTY.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/15/11 - 08:34 am
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The laws are okay....it's the

The laws are okay....it's the cops, the courts, and the judges that have not kept up. The cops don't have the manpower and/or ability to prevent these crimes or catch all of the perps. The courts and the judges have basically made these types of crimes "acceptable risk" by not locking up the ones that are caught and not making sure they pay full restitution for damage they cause. The reason these punks will cause $10,000 worth of damage for $80 worth of copper is because the cops persue them, and the judges punish them, like someone who shoplifted $80 worth of merchandise. If they cause thousands of dollars worth of damage it should be a major felony and they should get a minimum of about 20 years hard time. These low life thieves cause more financial damage in one incident than most bank robbers. Punish them as such.

PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 07/15/11 - 09:45 am
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Anybody coming for my copper

Anybody coming for my copper will receive copper wrapped around lead slugs.

And don't worry, I have plenty.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/15/11 - 12:45 pm
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Did I miss something? Do some

Did I miss something? Do some of the commenters think that we need new laws to define stealing? Stealing is stealing whether it be Pampers or pumpkins. Copper is just valuable and the thieves know it! The first place to look for the trouble is at the scrap yards! I really believe they are partly responsible for the thefts by buying questionable 'scrap.' If they do, it is called 'Theft by Receiving Stolen Property.' And I also want to believe that most scrap centers are honest!

Taylor B
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Taylor B 07/15/11 - 12:56 pm
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I still think the EPA can be

I still think the EPA can be used to stiffen jail times. Venting of refrigerant carries a fine of $10,000 or jail if done on purpose.

Vito45
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Vito45 07/15/11 - 10:50 pm
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Sweet son , you are right on.

Sweet son , you are right on. There is no way to police all of the possible places to steal copper; but if they have no place to sell it.... Set up some stings with marked copper and bust the scrap yards for receiving stolen property. They will be more careful about whom they buy from.

copperhead
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copperhead 07/16/11 - 01:35 am
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These silly laws on stealing

These silly laws on stealing are holding back these people trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. ALL laws (U.S. ONLY) SHOULD BE REPEALED! 24 million immigrants can't be wrong! AMNESTY for all criminals!

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 07/16/11 - 10:22 am
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i thought georgia already had
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i thought georgia already had in effect that copper thieves are charged on amount of damage not resale value. duhjudge, i agree. since copper thieves are already risking their lives a couple ways by stealing this stuff for very little reward, it's probably impossible to discourage them. pragmatically our hopes of stopping theft are with the recyclers. scgator, i'd like to see your ideas implemented. for those saying theft is theft, yeah, but who are you arguing with? ever heard of strawman fallacy?

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