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Published February 25 2013

$50,000 in copper wire reported stolen from Fargo Electric Construction

FARGO – Thieves broke into a Fargo business and stole $50,000 worth of copper wire over the weekend, police said.

The theft at Fargo Electric Construction is believed to have happened between Friday and Monday morning, when it was reported about 7 a.m., Lt. Joel Vettel said.

After forcing their way into the building at 325 39th St. N., the culprits moved the company’s trucks out of the way to get at the wire, then loaded it using the company’s skid steers, he said.

“Judging by the behavior, judging by what they got away with, how they had to do it, they had a significant amount of time inside the business,” he said, adding, “The amount of time they spent in there certainly would indicate that they had knowledge that the alarm system either was not there or wasn’t working.”

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing, he said.

Fargo police continue to try to educate businesses on ways to become harder targets for copper thieves, Vettel said, noting this isn’t the first time Fargo Electric Construction has fallen victim to metal theft.

“It continues to be an issue, and it will be as long as metals are higher in cost,” he said.

Clay County also has seen a rise in copper thefts, including one or two vacant flood buyout homes that were stripped of copper last fall in Georgetown, Chief Deputy Matt Siiro said.