Alaska man accused of stealing copper wire, tubing

Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2011

FAIRBANKS — An Alaska man has been accused of stealing $4,000 worth of copper wire and tubing from a Fairbanks pipe company.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that 23-year-old Jonathan Henry was arraigned Tuesday on felony theft, burglary and criminal mischief charges.

Alaska State Troopers say they arrested Henry when he tried to sell the stolen copper to another salvage yard.

Troopers said employees at C & R Pipe and Steel found locks cut and fences pushed over Monday at the company’s commercial construction yard.

One of the company’s forklifts was used to load a pallet with a ton of copper tubing into a vehicle.

Copper has risen in value dramatically in recent years, prompting an increase in thefts of the metal, which can be sold for recycling.



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