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Quarry owner offers reward in $20,000 copper theft

Jan 03, 2014 -- 2:50pm

Southeast Missourian

A local quarry owner is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever stole about $20,000 worth of copper wire from him earlier this week.  Strack Stone Co. owner J.W. Strack said the copper was in front of his house at the quarry when it vanished sometime Sunday or Monday night.  He says it was over probably 6,000 pounds of scrap copper.  In the past year, Cape Girardeau police have reported at least 19 instances of copper wire theft.  Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department Lt. Eric Friedrich says theft tends to rise and fall with the price of copper, and is difficult to detect.  State law requires sellers to present photo identification if they sell $50 worth of copper or more, but many thieves simply take the metal out of the area to sell it or divide it up into smaller amounts and take it to several places.  If you have information about the theft, call the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department at 243-3551.

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