Police and city work to cut back on copper thefts

POSTED: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 3:58pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- Waco City Council is trying to crack down on copper thefts in the city.

Fox 44 has reported on several copper thefts in Central Texas.

Now the city is looking to invest in a computer system that will identify what scrap yards are buying and who is bringing it in.

Police have been meeting with scrap-yard owners about the system. Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton says the system will cost the police department around $3,400, but it will be worth it.

"Overall it's the responsibility of the city to try to take care of the businesses and citizens. What we're trying to do is cut down on the number of thefts and the amount of thefts, and we believe this will be money well spent to be able to get the copper theft problem solved," said Sgt. Swanton.

Swanton says pawn shops already use a similar program that has led to several arrests.

The next step is for police to hold meetings with the scrap yard dealers on the new system.

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