TOWN OF MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — Police in the Fox Valley say they’re investigating an increasing number of scrap metal thefts as the price for copper, aluminum and nickel rises.
Thieves are hitting construction sites and businesses and are scouring abandoned buildings for valuable metal. Town of Menasha police say they’ve made five arrests, but it hasn’t stopped the thefts. Officer Jason Weber said all the thefts happened in an unsecured lot. Police are recommending scrap yards secure material in a well-lit, fenced area — and add deadbolt locks and security cameras.
Lora Boeger is president of the Appleton scrap yard, Recycle That Stuff. Boeger told WLUK-TV that copper is generating $3.25 per pound, with aluminum getting 50 to 60 cents per pound.
Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com