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Posted at 2:05 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Construction site larcenies investigated

By Caitlin Gibson

A series of recent larcenies at Loudoun County construction sites may be related, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Between Jan. 13 and Jan. 18, items including copper pipes, air conditioning units, fans and water heaters were stolen from five construction sites in Sterling, Ashburn, Brambleton and Aldie, according to authorities.

"When we get this many over one weekend ,obviously that stands out," said Investigator Vincent DiBenedetto, Loudoun sheriff's spokesman. The theft of larger items, such as air conditioners and water heaters, indicates that more than one person was likely involved, he said.

It's often difficult to connect particular vehicle descriptions to thefts from construction sites, DiBenedetto said.

"Nowadays construction sites are open almost all the time. Things get brought in and taken out, but even if somebody sees something happening, it's not unusual. Things that used to look suspicious don't necessarily look suspicious to the public anymore," he said.

By Caitlin Gibson  | January 18, 2011; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  Loudoun  
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Comments

Unless I'm mistaken, the construction company doesn't care since they will just replace the stolen items and the cost is passed on...

These types of thefts have been occurring for decades and why there is not more security after the workers depart is beyond me...everyone profits and the cost eventually is passed on to the consumer.

Posted by: pentagon40 | January 18, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

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