YAKIMA, Wash.-- Crime Stoppers and law
enforcement in Yakima County are telling people to look out for metal thieves.
They say metal theft is a major problem
all over the US.
People often steal things like air
conditioners or copper wiring off power poles then re-sell it to make a quick
Crime Stoppers says simple vigilance by
community members can help drop the number of crimes.
"The biggest thing, of course, is if
you see something strange... Somebody's cutting down a wire... is to call 911,
call crime stoppers," said Yakima Crime Stoppers President Dave Purcell.
Pacific Power says in the last year metal
theft cost them 40-thousand dollars.
The Yakima County Sheriff's Office is
working on a "no buy list" that will identify people metal buyers
If you'd like to report something to Crime
Stoppers, you can find out more on their website.