Copper thieves steal pipes, gutters from homes

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Across Ohio, thieves stealing copper to sell as scrap are literally striking closer to home.
Akron police say over the course of four days, copper piping was stolen out of 11 homes by thieves who used saws or even small bolt cutters, depending on the thickness of the pipe. Detective Paul Bralek notes that the thefts are coming at a time when local scrap yards are paying more than

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Across Ohio, thieves stealing copper to sell as scrap are literally striking closer to home.

Akron police say over the course of four days, copper piping was stolen out of 11 homes by thieves who used saws or even small bolt cutters, depending on the thickness of the pipe. Detective Paul Bralek notes that the thefts are coming at a time when local scrap yards are paying more than $3 a pound for copper.

A new Akron law encourages homeowners to paint pipes with fluorescent paint so they're easier to identify if stolen.

In the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington, police have had at least 10 reports of copper gutter work disappearing since the end of May. One homeowner found all five of his downspouts gone when he returned from a business trip May 30.

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