Calgary Police Report One Copper Theft Per Day
Dan Klufas wasn’t surprised to hear an attempted copper theft was the cause of a power outage in northeast Calgary this week that left nearly 5,000 homes without electricity for hours.
The owner of Federal Metals, a recycling company, says thieves have been increasingly targeting scrap metal as the Alberta economy worsens.
The failed burglaries are the first he’s seen at Federal Metals in five years. Klufas also said he’s been receiving more and more calls from other businesses asking him to be wary of stolen copper, particularly pipes and wire, that thieves might try selling to him.
“With the economy in Alberta doing what it’s done now, I think people are getting desperate,” he said.
There were 292 reported incidents of copper theft in Calgary in 2015, according to police. That’s the most they’ve seen in a single year.
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