With copper selling for around $2 a pound, stealing thousands of pounds of copper is an attractive crime for construction bandits.
Like much of Middle Tennessee, Lebanon is growing leaps and bounds. With that comes problems like copper thieves
Thieves hit twice on Mar. 13. That’s when police say the thieves snuck onto multiple construction sites across Lebanon, looking for expensive construction materials left unguarded, sneaking into homes not yet finished.
According to police, the sites are targeted rich environments for discerning criminals who know what they are looking for.
In this case, copper selling for around $2 a pound.
Lebanon police told News 2 that thieves took 500 feet of copper from a massive construction site off of Hwy 109, where apartment buildings are being built.
They took a 500-foot roll, valued at close to $1,000.
That same night, Lebanon police say the copper bandits also hit the north side of town, going to the Villages of Hunter’s Pointe. The bandits stole an estimated $8,000 of copper from the subdivision still under construction.
Much of the copper was in the HVAC systems and police say the thieves destroyed homes, some of which were ready to be shown to prospective buyers.
A builder told News 2 it’s frustrating because the material was installed. Now, contractors have to pay twice for materials and labor to fix the vandalism.
If you have any information, call Lebanon police.
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