Police looking for public's help to solve the case
The RCMP is hoping someone may recognize the owner of this truck that was used to transport the stolen copper from a Mount Uniacke business earlier this month. (Submitted photo)
Police are on the lookout for the individual(s) who stole up to $20,000 of copper from the Mount Uniacke Business Park earlier this month.
A large steel cylinder holding copper pipes was stolen from East Coast Demolition & Environmental Services around 3:45 a.m. Sept. 9.
A press release issued by the Enfield RCMP Sept. 20 says a grinder was used to cut through the padlocks securing the gates enclosing the property, and the 4,000-pound cylinder was carried away on the back of a white, flat deck truck.
It is estimated the stolen copper is worth $15,000 to $20,000.
“The copper pipes are distinct and somewhat uncommon in that they are threaded on the outside and rifled on the inside. The cylinder was originally part of a boiler in a now demolished hospital,” the press release reads.
Sgt. Craig Burnett, of the Enfield RCMP, says police are asking recycling facilities that accept used metal for assistance.
“The copper is kind of unique so anybody involved in the recycling of this copper, maybe they know about a strange batch that was brought it,” he said in a brief phone interview.
Burnett says police are also looking for information about the truck used to tow the valuable copper from East Coast Demolition & Environmental Services.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact any RCMP office or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. If a tip leads to an arrest or charges, callers qualify for a cash award of $50 to $2,000.