Information sought on three Tuscola burglaries

Information sought on three Tuscola burglaries

TUSCOLA — The Douglas County sheriff's office needs help solving three recent burglaries to Bryant Industries, known as Tuscola Recycling, at 531 E. U.S. 36, Tuscola.

Sometime between the evening hours of Nov. 1 and 2, someone cut through a padlock on a semitrailer truck at the business and stole about 1,400 pounds of copper wire valued at $5,394.

Then on Nov. 9 or 10, thieves got in a garage on the grounds and used a Bryant Industries forklift to move two pallets filled with approximately 2,600 pounds of copper wire, worth about $9,300, onto a vehicle apparently driven by the thieves.

On Nov. 19, someone again broke into the Bryant Industries garage and stole 500 pounds of insulated copper wire, 200 pounds of copper sheets and six catalytic converters with a total value of $2,300.

Anyone with information about any of these burglaries is asked to call the sheriff's office at 217-253-3511 or Douglas County Crimestoppers at 800-280-8316.

Callers do not have to give their names, and callers may be eligible for a cash reward if the information provided by the caller results in the arrest of the perpetrators.

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annabellissimo wrote on November 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

When is the government going to get forceful at doing everything possible to put a stop to these crimes in which metals are stolen and sold to dealers or buyers?  This is a law enforcement matter at all levels, from Federal to local, because the thefts range in scale from enormous to small and local to international.  There was the recent news report of the theft of tons of copper from a site in the U.S. that was intercepted en route to China where the buyers waited. There are frequent reports of structures being cannibalized for the copper pipes, copper wiring and anything else of metallic value, leaving the cannibalized structure badly damaged, often to the point of great danger from fire or other hazards,not to mention aesthetically ruined.  Abandoned structures, construction sites, commercial buildings, inhabited homes, cemeteries, and on and on are simply viewed by these parasites as places for them to steal metal, and they will destroy everything to get at the metal. There are historic neighborhoods with homes of great beauty across the country that have been ruined by these metal thieves; a famous neighborhood in Philadelphia being an example written about in the news. So, who is buying it? And what are the requirements of the buyers that will make it harder for criminals to make the sale to the buyer and thus make theft less easily lucrative? If pawn shops are required to meet certain requirements to receive goods, why aren't these metal buyers? There are several areas of crime that are very common, very lucrative for  criminals, very damaging to honest citizens, and are all but ignored in any serious way by Federal authorities:  identity theft is one; this whole arena of scrap metal selling/buying is another; the "inspections" at airports which seem to be virtual shopping sprees for the "workers" doing the inspections of luggage and bags; and the moving industry, from which the horror stories are myriad with little recourse to the victims who entrusted their belongings to the moving companies. American conservatives don't need to worry about some kind of socialistic transfer of wealth in the country encouraged by the government; there is a daily transfer of wealth going on all over the country whereby victims "provide" criminals with whatever the crooks decide to take, and quite often there is a buyer at the other end ready and willing to buy those materials.  Big problems in America, of all kinds, and most of them seem to boil down to people not doing the right thing. Imagine a society in which everybody did the right thing at least 99% of the time. What a wonderful world it would be.