Courts & Crime

40 reels of copper stolen from N.C. Justice Center site

Spools of copper weighing a total of 4,000 pounds were stolen from a construction site in downtown Raleigh overnight, according to Raleigh police.

The robbers cut a chain to a secured entrance at the new Wake County Justice Center construction site last night or early this morning. Authorities think the suspects drove into the construction area and loaded the copper into the vehicle before leaving.

It's unclear how many people were involved and what vehicle they used

Calvin Finley with Raleigh Metal Recycling said the spools were probably No. 1 copper, which were being sold for $3.35 per pound Friday morning. That would make the amount stolen worth $13,400.

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