Police stop copper theft ring in South Carolina
Spartanburg, South Carolina, police arrested 13 people
guilty of copper theft after a four month investigation.
More than 5 tons of metal was taken from residences and more than a dozen
businesses, causing roughly $586,000 in damage.
The charges filed include burglary, larceny, malicious injury to real
property and possession of stolen goods.
According to investigators, the thieves netted only $11,000 from metal
An involved business owner stated he was surprised at what the criminals
were willing to do to steal the copper.
“You wouldn’t think they’d go to the extent of climbing on top of your
plant and destroying a 20-ton air conditioning unit,” said Donnie Griffin,
the business owner.
Investigators reported that Mintz Scrap Iron and Metal bought a good
amount of the copper. The owner is a Spartanburg County Councilman who
said his business follows the law.