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By Michelle Laczkoski/Daily News staff
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Posted Oct 16, 2008 @ 12:51 AM

HOPEDALE -
Police are searching for thieves who allegedly broke into the Rte. 140 National Grid facility twice this week and stole more than 2,000 pounds of copper wire.
Police believe the copper was taken overnight on Monday and Tuesday from inside the facility, the grounds and trucks parked outside.
Officer Wayne Minichielli said the investigation indicates a mid-sized pickup truck was parked in a wooded area off Plain Street while a thief or thieves entered the grounds through a rear fence.
The incidents occurred between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., Minichielli said.
The copper wire cable with black covering is valued at about $8,000, Minichielli said.
Hopedale Police issued a statement saying that "with the rising cost of copper approaching $4 a pound, similar copper thefts have been recently committed throughout Massachusetts and New England."
Police are hoping to gather more information and recover the wire. Such items are hot commodities and are often resold at metal recycling centers.
There are no known witnesses to either incident, but police gathered enough evidence to determine the truck was black or royal blue with damage to the right front passenger side tire and rear-view mirror.
Suspects could face charges of larceny over $250, larceny from a vehicle and building, breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony and trespassing, Minichielli said.
The cases are being investigated by Minichielli and Detective Joseph Conlon. Anyone with information is urged to call Hopedale Police at 508-634-2227.

http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x870279850/Cops-on-trail-of-copper-thieves
 
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