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Copper theft creates huge loss at empty building

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By Donald Richie

The Harrison County Sheriffs Department is investigating a copper theft which has repair estimates in the six-figure range.

According to a HCS report, Merrill Northcutt, 71, reported a burglary at 962 Ky. 356 (White Oak Pike), the former ATK building.

Taken in the break in was 1,050 feet of industrial copper wire. Several items sustained damage, including 350 feet of four inch electrical conduit, 70 four inch clevis hangers and six 400 amp, 240 volt disconnects.

The alleged burglary happened sometime between May 1 and May 7, the report said.

Estimates with the report total the loss at $29,973.44 to replace the materials, another $40,000 for the main disconnect and $75,000 for labor, bringing the total to $144,973.44.

The investigation is ongoing and no suspects have been named.