Police are trying to dig up the details on a load of copper and other materials discovered Monday morning.
The officer that discovered the materials works in an area where
copper is always a hot commodity.
Three people were found burning insulation from wire north of the Sardue bridge...most likely attempting to get to copper. An officer saw it happening and quickly approached.
Sgt, Ron Gish with teh Topeka Police department says, "good size theft. Materials may belong to Northern Santa Fe Railway or Westar. Businesses need to secure their stuff, mark the wire to reduce theft. We need to get the salvage companies on board."
Copper burning along the river is where it typically tends to happen, all terrain vehicles used to move along the road.
With the price of copper on the rise... this scheme happens all the time .... and it strains the Topeka community.
Terry Bertels, director of Parks and recreation, says, "It has for a number of years affected us. Has value to the theives at the recycling yard. Affects us this time of year when we can't be at the park all the time. Tried hard to keep it at an economic impact only but sometimescan't play ball waiting for something to be repaired. When they steal wire it will be in the $15,000 to $20,000 range."
Garfield pool will be closed this year as a result of stolen copper...officers say this has been happening for years.
Monday's metal may belong to Westar or Northern Santa Fe railway. Metal theft is always a problem but you can help.. if you see any copper burns... plume of black smoke in the air...call the fire department or the police.