Copper Piping Stolen from Basement in Westmore

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WESTMORE — The Vermont State Police were called out to Westmore this morning to investigate a burglary.

The caretaker at 85 Old Ford Road notified police when he arrived at the residence at around 8 a.m. Monday, May 5.

The house belongs to Frederick Peterson, 75, of Colombia, South Carolina. The owner has been away from the home since October 2013.

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Following the initial investigation, police are reporting that after entry was gained, the copper piping in the basement was removed. A Webber grill was taken as well.

Theft of copper pipes, tubing, and wiring has been on the rise in recent years due to the increased value for scrap copper. A wide assortment of building materials contain copper, including heating and air conditioning units, plumbing, gutters, electrical components, and more. The cost has increased from less than $1 per pound to over $4 per pound, with the average price around $3.

The US Department of Energy estimates that this once minor problem has exploded into $1 billion a year nightmare. Construction sites, abandoned buildings, and commercial heating and air conditioning units have been the biggest targets for these thieves.

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The incident could have taken place anytime between October 2013 and today.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Vermont State Police.

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