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Crime Stoppers & Law Enforcement Warning About Metal Theft

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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 buck.

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 should avoid.

If you'd like to report something to Crime Stoppers, you can find out more on their website.

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