The price of copper is on the rise and so is the number of thieves stealing the metal to cash in.
In the last three weeks, we've heard from authorities dealing with this in Cass County, Berrien County, St. Joseph County and all the way west to the Illinois line. Because copper prices on the rise; thieves are stealing it wherever they can get it. Police say it's only a matter of time before it kills one of them. And in some states, it already has.
For Chief Robert Byrd, right now, the biggest battle in the war on crime doesn’t involve drugs or guns.
“It’s copper wire,” said Byrd.
Transit Police with the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District say thieves have stolen copper wire from the South Shore’s electric rail line 25 times in just three months.
“They’ll essentially cit it, rip it up out of the ground and then begin to dismantle it and take it to the scrap dealer,” said Byrd.