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Recycling Stolen Copper

YAKIMA, Wash. - Local recycling yards around Yakima are reporting a huge increase in the number of people coming to them with copper cable. 

The price of copper has gone from a dollar a pound to nearly three dollars a pound in the last few years.

Scott Peterson, Manager of DLC Recycling says he has never seen the market for copper this high.

"With the prices as high as they've been, I've been here for 15 years now and never seen prices like this, they're double and triple what we've ever seen," Peterson said.

Peterson knows about the problem with thieves stealing copper around town.

In fact, he watched KNDO's report about the missing trolley wire Wednesday morning on Northwest Today.

He called the trolley operators today, asking them to bring in a sample to compare some cable he just received that looks very similar.

"It's pretty sad when a non-profit like that loses that kind of copper, we would like to help out in any way we can with recovering that or finding the people that did it," Peterson said.