Scrap value of copper encourages wire thieves in Saskatchewan

Two unrelated thefts and four people charged. In the past couple of weeks, Saskatchewan police saw increased interest in copper wire.

Since September 14, a compound in the Colonsay area has seen its copper wires stolen twice, first by two men, one from Grandora and the other from Saskatoon, who were charged with break, enter and theft, possession of stolen property and possession of break-in tools.

Later on, a man from Young and a woman from Saskatoon tried to do the same and were charged with breaking, entering and theft, as well as possession of stolen property.

Authorities recovered the first batch of stolen copper and continue to investigate since there may be further charges. They say people try to sell the metal for its high scrap value.