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Local Law Enforcement Trained on Copper Theft Prevention

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About 30 area law enforcement officers are getting training on how to combat one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Cases of copper theft have skyrocketed across the valley and the U.S because of a jump in copper prices.

An expert with metal theft training and consultants in San Francisco stopped into the Fargo-Moorhead area to train officers on what to look for.

"I think it's just like any other jurisdiction in the United States," explains metal theft training expert Terence Alling. "We're playing catch up and this is how you do it. You bring it together, you get training, you understand how the game is played and start working with recyclers and network. That's the key and it's that simple."

It is estimated 90% of copper thefts are committed by someone trying to support addiction. For every $100 dollars in copper stolen, utility companies pay about $5,000 dollars in repairs.

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