Copper thieves strike again
Polk County Enterprise, June 2007
LIVINGSTON -- Best Air Conditioning on U.S. 190 west was struck a second time last Wednesday night by burglars trying to take advantage of the high price of copper on the resale market, investigators with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Polk County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment for the suspects involved in this series of break-ins, officials said.
An attempted burglary may have been thwarted, Det. Stan Galloway said. The building had apparently been entered, but no items had been reported missing as of press deadline Saturday.
Galloway said Polk County deputies plan to meet with Madisonville investigators Tuesday where detectives are probing similar break-ins that occurred Tuesday night.
Burglars struck two area air-conditioning businesses on the morning of June 6 and made off with a variety of copper tubing and fittings as well as several hand tools, according to detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies also received an alarm call at War Games on FM 2457 and found the business had been burglarized Wednesday morning, Det. Stan Galloway said.
Suspects entered the building and took at least 10 valuable skateboards and other miscellaneous items, Galloway said.
Anyone with information regarding these criminal investigations is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 327-6810 or Crime Stoppers at (936) 327-STOP.