Back in December, a hospital construction site in Kernersville, North Carolina, got a lesson in just how far copper thieves will go to swipe the uber-recyclable metal: They stripped out “tens of thousands of dollars” of piping, even “climbing up in the ceiling with a hacksaw and a ladder to cut it out.”
I knew this kind of thing was getting bad, but not this bad. I’ve even heard to thieves cutting down street signs for the aluminum in the posts.
To make matters worse, thieves also hit a nearby FedEx cargo hub just weeks later, blagging hundreds of hand tools, power tools, and generators. All in all, it’s a lousy time to be a tool guy in NC.