State police investigate theft of 2 1/2 tons of copper cable from Jewett City factory

Jewett City -- State police are investigating the theft of 2,100 feet of copper cable weighing 2½ tons from the former Wyre Wind factory at 77 Anthony St.

State police said that on March 10 the Jewett City Resident State Trooper’s Office began an investigation into break-ins at the factory and then on Sunday another break-in was reported.

Troopers found that the cable had been cut from several areas of the building causing about $30,000 in damage. State police said the approximate scrap value of the copper is more than $4,500.

They said that based on tracks in the snow, it is believed the thieves parked a truck on Anthony Street near the cemetery and accessed the property through a gate. Troopers further determined the thieves used an on-site forklift to reach the copper cables which were secured approximately 25 feet above the floor. They also found that hiking-type headlamps were used, along with a Sawzall reciprocating saw to cut through the heavy gauge wire.

Police ask anyone who may have any information about the theft, knows the identity or whereabouts of the thieves or the location of the stolen copper wire to call Jewett City Resident Trooper Russ Cote at (860) 848-6500, ext. 5023, or text TIP 711 with any information to 274637. All calls/texts will remain confidential.




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