Copper Wire Theft a Booming Business

1/30/12 – There been news stories across the country about thieves targeting foreclosed homes for copper piping and this month in Beaver Dam there has been three reported cases. The most recent was reported last Thursday; a break-in at a vacant property on the 100 block of Curie Street and the only thing stolen was copper piping. Realtor Brian French has a listing on Park Avenue that was targeted earlier this month and he says they didn’t even use a pipe cutter, they just ripped the pipes out causing several hundred dollars in damage for $50 or $60 worth of copper. Police Detective Ryan Klavekoske says they are investigating and currently following up on credible leads. He is urging those with ties to vacant homes to keep on eye on them.