WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. -

A Lehigh County business is reeling after losing 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of copper wire to a thief.

Police said Penn Big Bed Slate Company reported that someone broke onto its property through a locked gate sometime between 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 12 noon Sept. 22.

Company officials told police that the thief used a forklift to remove the copper wire, valued at approximately $30,000. The thief then left in an unknown direction.

Penn Big Bed Slate is located at 8450 Brown Street in Washington Twp.

Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police in Bethlehem at 610-861-2026.