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Posted at 9:15 PM ET, 07/27/2010

3 charged with trying to steal copper

By Erica Johnston

All that glitters is not gold, but even copper has its attractions, as was demonstrated again Tuesday when police in northern Virginia thwarted what they said was an attempt to steal the metal from a utility storage yard.

According to City of Fairfax police, intruders in a Verizon lot were trying to take eight-foot sections of copper, along with about 200 feet of copper wire from a spool.

Responding to a report of a crime in progress, officers from Fairfax City showed up about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday at the lot near Fairfax Circle, police said. Intruders fled as the officers arrived at the site in the 3100 block of Spring Street.

Police said they deployed a dog and the county police helicopter in a search that ended with the arrest of three men in their 20s.

Police said two were from Baltimore and one from Linthicum. Police said they were charged in warrants with attempted grand larceny and possession of burglars' tools.

-- Martin Weil

By Erica Johnston  | July 27, 2010; 9:15 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Comments

Ah, they were just trying to increase their blacksmithing and jewelcrafting stats.

Posted by: akchild | July 28, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

I may be overly naive, but presumably there are very few places where they could sell the copper and presumably it would be immediately obvious that it had been stolen.

Posted by: edallan | July 28, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Some places that buy scrap are more conscientious than others.

Posted by: krickey7 | July 28, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: edallan
"I may be overly naive, but presumably there are very few places where they could sell the copper and presumably it would be immediately obvious that it had been stolen."

True. You are overly naive.


Posted by: jeadpt | July 28, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Just connect the copper to the mains power...that would've taught them a lesson.

Posted by: WildBill1 | July 28, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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