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Burglars break into clothing store, may have stolen copper

Posted - Mar. 22, 2010 at 11:33 a.m.



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TAYLORSVILLE -- Thieves targeted a clothing store in Taylorsville Monday morning but they appeared to be after something in the roof.

The alarms went off at the Savers store at 4145 S. Redwood Road shortly after 6 a.m. But when employees arrived at work shortly after that, the only thing they found out of place was a few ceiling tiles, which were on the floor.

Taylorsville police Sgt. Mike Ricketts says surveillance video showed two people were in the store. Police think the thieves entered the building through a vent on the roof. Then investigators found what the thieves were potentially looking for -- copper tubing and wiring.

The copper was pulled and cut off the store's heating and cooling system on the roof. Ricketts says police were checking to make sure the store wasn't replacing the system, but it didn't look like the copper had been removed professionally.

They're not sure how the thieves got access to the roof.

"I don't know if they brought a ladder, some of them climb up the pipes -- the drain pipes -- things like that and just shimmy up the building," Ricketts says.

Taylorsville police say copper theft is common, but getting into the roof of a store through a vent is unique to them. They say stores need to make sure all their vents and access points on a roof are secure.

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Story compiled with contributions from Randall Jeppesen and Shara Park .

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