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Forum News Service, Published March 06 2013

Thieves steal $110,000 in copper wiring

GRAND FORKS – Thieves broke into a wire supply business here over the weekend and stole 13,223 pounds of copper wiring worth more than $110,000, wholesale.

It’s one of the largest such copper thefts, which have been increasing in the region, with a new twist: cutting out the middleman, said Tom Rosendahl, president of Dakota Supply Group in the city’s Industrial Park.

“In these other thefts, it’s been electrical contractors hit,” he said. “Now they came right to a supplier like me, where they can get a lot more.”

The theft of metal wiring has become so bothersome, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Wednesday, that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has voiced support for her legislation to hit metal thieves harder by making federal cases out of them. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is a co-sponsor of her Metal Theft Prevention Act.