COPPER THEFT ALERT: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several reports of copper thefts in which suspects stole copper wiring from large light poles. The most recent theft occurred at a school. On April 16 at about 3:30 a.m., a patrol officer was conducting a building check at Westlake High School, 3300 Middletown Road in Waldorf, when he discovered someone had tampered with the light poles near the back of the parking lot. A closer look revealed the wires were pulled out of the pole, cut and stolen. Copper wires were recently stolen from two other schools and two businesses. Officers have been directed to increase patrols in these areas and residents are urged to report suspicious activity immediately.
Nationwide, copper thefts have increased significantly. T
hieves target anything with copper including plumbing and copper components from heating and air conditioning units. Thefts can occur at any time of the day and at various places including vacant homes, occupied homes, homes under construction and businesses. In some cases, the suspects may appear to be contractors.
The theft of copper can disrupt the flow of electricity, telecommunications, transportation, heating and air conditioning, and could present a risk to public safety. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of individuals stealing copper and other metals. Tipsters may call 1-866-411-TIPS or provide an online tip to tipsubmit.com.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.