The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 27, 2012

Copper pipe stolen from student rental homes in Lewisburg

— LEWISBURG — A significant amount of copper pipe has been stolen from multiple rental properties in Lewisburg used by Bucknell University students, Buffalo Valley Regional Police report.

The first of eight reports came in Monday involving off-campus properties within a four-block radius, police Chief Paul Yost said. It is not known when the thefts took place, but most occurred in the vicinity of South Sixth and South Seventh streets.

Police are following several leads, Yost said, including one of a white van seen in the area of the thefts — though it’s not known whether the van played a role in the thefts.

The total value or amount of the stolen copper is unknown, Yost said. The most current U.S. copper price is $3.37 a pound, according to the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

“There have been a few, sporadic incidents (of copper theft) in and around the Union County area on houses that are up for sale and vacant,” Yost said.

The police ask the public to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity, “especially if someone is removing items,” Yost said. The suspects may be under the ruse of service personnel. Residents should ask for identification of anyone who doesn’t appear to be a professional service person.

Beside replacing the pipe, the various property owners also now face repair costs as well as a time crunch. Bucknell students return to Lewisburg in about two weeks.

Landlords and property managers in Lewisburg have been notified of the incidents and told to be on the lookout for unusual activity, Yost said.

Anyone with information on the thefts should call Buffalo Valley Regional Police at 524-4302.  Anyone seeing suspicious activity should report it calling 911, Yost said.


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