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OREM, Utah (KSL News Services) -- A man stealing copper pipes from a construction site in Orem is now in jail but police say stealing copper and other metals from job sites is happening throughout the state.
Captain Rick Healy with the Provo Police Department says thieves often targeting copper wiring. He says selling the wire for scrap metal doesn't net a lot of money, but it's an easy target. The suspect in Orem told police he was working for a construction company and said he was taking the copper to another site. People said they saw him collecting copper pipes around the construction site and police checked his story. When confronted, he confessed.
Healy says they recently had a large copper wire theft at a grocery store and says thieves will do more than just steal the wire that's left out in plain sight.
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