Copper thief targets new construction in Jonesboro

Copper thief targets new construction in Jonesboro

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man's construction bill increased after a copper thief targeted a house.

According to the Jonesboro Police Department, the theft happened on Thursday, February 4 on the 4-thousand block of Gabriel Court.

The home is a new construction. No one had moved into it yet.

The homeowner told police he noticed the back door had been kicked in, but nothing had been damaged or stolen.

Two days later, one of the owner's employees found extensive damage in the attic.

According to the incident report, Officer Josh Landreth found most of the building's electrical wire had been cut and was laying in two piles near the attic's entrance.

While the electrical wire was not stolen, the cooper pipe running into the air conditioner's blowing unit had been cut and stolen.

The homeowner said he believes the cost to repair the damage and replace the items is over $2,500.

Police do not have any suspects.

If officers arrest the copper thief, that person could be charged with breaking or entering and theft.

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