PORTSMOUTH, VA -- Police in Portsmouth are looking for whoever broke into the grounds of a local ship repair facility and made off with several spools of copper-laden cable.
According to a news release, Officers responded to General Dynamics, also known as Earl Industries early Monday morning after an employee discovered items missing from the fenced-in enclosure area at the rear of a building. Employees then identified an area of barbed wire fencing that had been cut, apparently on a previous date.
The thieves entered and removed approximately one-hundred (100) fifty-foot long bundles of electrical cable. The cable is primarily made of copper. The business said they estimated the value of the cable at about $5,000.
Property Crime Detectives from the Portsmouth Police Deartment are currently investigating the theft. They believe that several individuals were responsible for the theft due to the quantity of spools missing and the weight (10 to 20 lbs) of each spool (see picture). The thieves also removed copper cables from the air conditioning unit.
Investigators are asking for assistance from the public in identifying suspects, and the whereabouts of the stolen property. Anyone with any information can call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or TEXT “Portsmouth” plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).
Information leading to an arrest, or recovery of property could earn a cash reward of up to $1000. You do NOT have to give your name or come to court.