Copper theft hits recreation centers in Macon, Ga.

Macon TelegraphAugust 26, 2011 

Copper thieves haven’t spared Macon’s recreation centers, causing the cancellation of some programs, high repair costs, and hothouse conditions for the public and city workers alike.

An Aug. 11 police report details damage at the Rosa Jackson Center, 1211 Maynard St. Sometime in the previous five days, the center manager told police, someone pushed a bicycle rack up to the wall that enclosed air conditioners and climbed over. The thief cut out 35 feet of copper coils, kicked out the enclosure door and left.

That effort might have brought the thieves $30, said Chip Koplin, governmental and public affairs manager for recycler Schnitzer Southeast.

“It’s not a lot of money for scrap, but obviously it’s a huge amount of damage for the air conditioner,” he said.

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