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Copper thieves targeting pivot irrigation systems in northwest Sedgwick County

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at 3:13 p.m.

Thieves are targeting pivot irrigation systems in rural parts of Sedgwick County, authorities said Wednesday.

Copper thieves are stripping copper wire from the pivots and selling it as scrap, Sedgwick County sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Plummer said in a prepared statement. At least six confirmed thefts involving pivot irrigation systems have occurred in rural northwest Sedgwick County over the last three months, resulting in more than $18,000 in damage and a loss of copper worth more than $15,000.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity in the area, especially near irrigation systems, is encouraged to call 911. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call the sheriff’s investigations section at 316-660-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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