Two Augusta businesses report copper thefts

Two Augusta businesses reported copper thefts Monday, according to incident reports.

The manager of the construction project at the Holiday Inn Express at 444 Broad St. discovered $70,000 in copper has been stolen in the past three months, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said. A deputy saw where the copper piping had been cut from six floors.

An employee of the National Science Center reported Monday that someone removed $800 in copper downspouts from the National Science Center Foundation building at 159 Craig Sims Parkway, police said. A 16-foot ladder was also missing.

The employee told officers the theft occurred sometime since Thursday.