COLUMBIA — About 45 spools of coated copper wiring went missing on Wednesday night from a construction and supply business north of Columbia.
APAC Industries, 6791 North Highway VV, lost about $100,000 of wire, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.
The wire was kept outside the facility in an area that was not completely fenced in. There was no evidence of forced entry, and someone might have entered from the adjoining property, Detective Tom O’Sullivan of the Sheriff’s Department said.
O’Sullivan said he estimated this was the 10th or 12th time copper was stolen in the past six months. A common target among thieves, copper has been stolen from abandoned buildings, construction and supply sites and a central air conditioning unit.
O'Sullivan said he did not think the incidents were connected.
Copper has a number of uses, including utility and electrical purposes, and people can resell it at recycling centers. O’Sullivan said because the price of copper is holding at a fairly high rate, people have incentive to steal.
“Just like you go to work or school every day, these guys steal copper materials every day,” he said.
The incident is still under investigation, and the Sheriff’s Department has asked that anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 or 875tips.com