Meth Use Common Thread Among Copper Theft Suspects

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

A six month investigation has led Colorado Springs police to the arrests of three people in a copper wire theft case. Cops say their suspects sold the metal to earn money for drugs.

Officers of the department's IMPACT team searched three properties and four vehicles, where they found evidence implicating two men and one woman. Additional suspects are also expected to be arrested.

Police say the suspects are responsible for stealing 6,000 pounds of wire from street light poles in an area bounded by Powers Boulevard on the west, Marksheffel Road on the east, North Carefree on the south and Woodmen Road on the north. The estimated cost to fix the lights is $500,000.

Police have not released the names of the three people arrested because the investigation is still ongoing. They did confirm, however, that all three of the current suspects are residents of Colorado Springs, and knew each other through methamphetamine use.

Police also refused to identify the recycling businesses where the stolen copper was sold.

The number of metal thefts, including copper and other metals, more than doubled last year. CSPD says they investigated 211 cases in 2010 and 482 in 2011.


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  • by steven Location: s.c. on Jan 20, 2012 at 02:40 AM
    CAN YOU AFFORD TO REPLACE YOUR HVAC because of a copper thief www.heatpumpalarm.com
  • by LISA Location: SPRINGS on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:49 PM
    I CAN'T BELIEVE NO CAMERAS CAUGHT THEM IN THE ACT? ATLEAST THE CAMERAS THAT ARE ON WOW IDK HOW ANYONE COULD STEAL STREET LIGHT WIRES WOW SERIOUSLY MAKE THEM PAY EVERY PENNY!!!!
  • by talk on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    I agree with John also charge them with in the death of this driver. Meth heads are the leaders in copper thefts and identity thefts and fraud lock them all up.
  • by C* on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:28 PM
    Before somebody gets rid of them - make them pay back the $500,000! Scum bag junkies!
  • by Deb on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:25 PM
    They couldn't have stole the copper from the lights if there was power to them to begin with. They should not have turned out the lights on that stretch of road. I agree the thieves should be held responsible for the Truck drivers life.
  • by Bradman on Jan 19, 2012 at 04:50 PM
    Maybe we should give out meth along with the welfare checks. It will probably save us money in the long run.
  • by Elizabeth on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:58 AM
    I agree with John on this one! That accident may never have happened if they didnt steal the copper wires to begin with!& I know the cops have alot on their plates when it comes to all this kinda stuff. So good job! 1 down & im sure many more to go!
  • by John Location: west side on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:34 AM
    charge them in the death of the milk truck driver!
  • by Justice Location: CS on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    Yup, I agree. Hang em from a street light with the wire they stole. Show others what happens when they steal copper. LOL. Oh well, that's what they would have done back in the wild west days at least.
  • by Buzz Location: CS on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:55 AM
    Hang em!!
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