BY JOSH PRESLEY
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood met with attorneys general from Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana April 14 to discuss the growing concern of copper theft â€” 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.
â€śDue 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,â€ť 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.
â€śCertain residents who are running low on resources will get anything they can find and take it to the scrap metal place,â€ť Brinkley said. â€śCopper is valuable and market value is up so thatâ€™s something they can turn in to a quick buck.â€ť
Copper prices change from day to day but, according to metalprices.com, the price has been around $3 per pound for about the past year.
â€śIf itâ€™s pure copper they get more money for it,â€ť Brinkley said. â€śThatâ€™s why you see people raiding construction sites and abandoned houses.â€ť
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