Monday, August 06, 2007

There are many ways to fight crime

NBC2 News Online - Copper crooks videotaped by concerned citizen I usually take note of stories that highlight the apathy of modern life. Instead of apathy, this woman took action. Not a lot of action, not risky action, but action that resulted in the arrest of two (suspected) thieves.
A woman who says she is fed up with crime caught two men stealing. But she didn't pick up the phone to dial 911. Instead, she picked up her video camera and took the evidence straight to the sheriff's office.

The woman did not want to be identified. Her only hope was that the video would help police. But she never imagined it would be the key evidence in shutting down two suspected copper pipe thieves.

"I just kind of picked it up and just started shooting," said the woman. "I figured if I did catch something, maybe it would catch whoever is ripping off these people."
The price of minerals is very high right now. Steel. Aluminum. Bronze. Copper. All are very expensive and bring a fair amount of money at the recyclers. Copper seems to be especially valued.
Eric Dopieralla, construction supervisor at Awebco Construction, says thieves have hit his place a number of times in the past.

"I was fishing, it just made my day," said Dopieralla when he heard the news. "It was the fourth time in this unit alone that this has been in three weeks."

He says thieves can make over $1,000 by hitting just one house.
While doing this very story, Dopieralla happened to get a call from which he learned that another one of his properties was burglarized.

He says the copper theft problem is simply getting out of control.
You don't have to become a Batman-like crime-fighter. You can just do something safe and still make a difference.

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