Thieves take copper worth $50,000 from Berks County construction site

Several trailers broken into over holiday weekend

Posted: 10:56 AM EDT Sep 03, 2013   Updated: 12:25 PM EDT Sep 03, 2013
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Some thieves didn't take a holiday as they made off with thousands of dollars' worth of copper over the weekend in Berks County.

State police are investigating the thefts that took place sometime between noon Friday and 6 a.m. Tuesday at the construction site of the new Dollar General Store on Martha Drive in Bethel Twp.

Police said thieves broke into several different locked trailers containing copper wire, copper piping and other miscellaneous copper pieces, loaded them into unknown vehicles and fled the scene.

Officials said the thieves took around 2,000 pounds of copper, with an estimated value of $50,000.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call state police in Hamburg at 610-526-6885 or Crime Alert Berks County at 1-877-373-9913.