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Police and business owners come together to address metal theft

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- People from scrap yard owners to farmers met to hear how Kennewick police plan to stop metal theft.

The meeting was the first one aimed at addressing the problem that affects so many buildings and structures.

"There are utility substations, there are microwave towers, there are all sorts of things that have copper wire," says Mike Blatman of the Kennewick Police Department.

Farmers aren't the only ones affected the crime. Businesses like Benton PUD and Frontier have also been targeted, "by the past year, we've had a couple of incidents where people have cut the fence, thankfully we've had some nosy neighbors in the neighborhood who spotted and called KPD," says Diana Anderson.

Crime stoppers is trying to raise around $50,000 for a campaign to raise awareness about metal theft, and encourage people to report theft if they see it.

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