Copper Wire Target of Thieves Across Region

Copper wire theft is very common
Copper wire theft is very common

THUNDER BAY – The theft of copper wire seems to be rampant in Northern Ontario recently.

On Thursday, August 15, 2019 members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a complaint of a theft of copper wire on the Northside of the City.

OPP say that it was determined that a large quantity of copper wire was stolen from the business’ storage compound sometime between the evening of Wednesday, August 14 and the morning of Thursday, August 15, 2019. The estimated value of the wire is approximately $7,000.

Also on August 15, 2019, members of the Superior East Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a theft call at a Bell tower site near Montreal River Harbour, Ontario.

Six reels of copper wire were taken from a utility trailer located at the remote construction site. The estimated value of the wire is approximately $10,000.

Further investigation revealed that the theft had taken place between 4:00 pm on August 13 and 7:45 am on August 14, 2019.

There is no word if these two thefts have any connection.

Anyone with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this incident should immediately contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1- 800- 222-TIPS (8477).