UPDATED: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 3:43pm
BRYAN -- A North Texas man is arrested after he's caught red-handed stealing copper from a Bryan Texas Utilties storage facility.
And while thefts from BTU are rare, police tell us this is an ongoing problem in the area.
As copper prices continue to skyrocket police say they are seeing an increase in copper thefts.
"It's something that's left unattended that someone can get," said Officer Jon Agnew. "Once you remove it, it has no markings on it so you take it in its raw form to the scrap metal yard and you get cash for it. "
Construction sites and abandoned homes are easy targets but early Sunday morning the Bryan Texas Utilites storage warehouse was the latest vicitm.
According to the police reports, Clinton Easter, was caught with more than two dozen reels of copper, an estimated street value of several thousand dollars.
If Easter got away with the metal, it would have been the largest theft in BTU's history but group manager, Gary Miller, thanks their new security system for catching Easter in the act.
"Now that we have the security system we've caught three just this year so it's been very effective and I think it's going to be difficult for anybody to steal copper from us in the future."
And Officer Agnew says taking security measures is one of the only ways to deter criminals looking for an easy way to make some cash.
"All it takes is one person driving around looking for vulnerable copper so if it's left unattended, it's susceptible to being stolen."