A worldwide shortage has sparked copper thieves to steal wiring from anywhere they can find it including local telephone poles. Reports also indicate that about 30,000 pounds of copper was been stolen from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Copper thefts at LANL actually have involved a few pounds up to a few hundred pounds from salvage, spokesman Kevin Roark said this morning.
“We are looking in to this but our initial estimates indicate the actual number to be significantly less than the 30,000 pounds,” Roark said. “We have not experienced any significant copper theft since 2009 … There were a couple of incidents in 2006 and 2007 … all allegations were referred to local and federal law enforcement at the time.”