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Region suffers from copper theft; AG meets with surrounding states

April 23, 2014


Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood met with attorneys general from Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana April 14 to discuss the growing concern of copper theft — a familiar concern to West Point and Clay County.
Hood said in a press release that copper thieves are costing farmers and business owners tens of thousands of dollars.
“Due to high metal prices, metal of any kind, from cars on the side of the road to implements in the field, is being stolen at an alarming rate,” Hood said.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said copper and scrap metal theft has been a problem in the city for years, but has gotten progressively worse in the past year.
“Certain residents who are running low on resources will get anything they can find and take it to the scrap metal place,” Brinkley said. “Copper is valuable and market value is up so that’s something they can turn in to a quick buck.”
Copper prices change from day to day but, according to, the price has been around $3 per pound for about the past year.
“If it’s pure copper they get more money for it,” Brinkley said. “That’s why you see people raiding construction sites and abandoned houses.”

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