Cops: Theft of scrap metal becoming an epidemic
The cases make the news with frequency.
There are houses that have flooded when thieves tore out copper piping. A man whose electrocuted body was found under a utility pole in Wright Twp. was killed trying to steal aluminum from power lines.
In November, Dunmore police arrested a Scranton man who twice broke into a PPL Electric Utilities plant on Larch Street to steal copper wire.
Police say that scrap-metal thefts have become an “epidemic” that is hard to fight.