JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - First, they pulled away the wire fencing to gain access to the CN Railroad property. Then, they spray painted the motion detectors. Next, they got to work next to a small storage building. Beginning at 12:09 am Friday, the pair unraveled thick copper wire from two big spools, then hoisted another spool over the storage building roof. In all, more than 3,000 feet of copper wire walked off.
Employees at CN Railroad say one of the burglars was first caught briefly on surveillance video around 7:30 Thursday evening. The alarm sounded and Jackson Police responded, but the intruder hid. The alarm sounded several times during the heist as well. Employees speculate that the alarm company thought they were false alarms.
Since learning of the crime, Jackson Police have been proactive. "The detectives are trying to make contact with the metal recyclists to let them know about the incident, that way if these subjects try to come in to try to sell this copper, they will be caught," says JPD Officer Colendula Green. "There has been a rash of copper thefts. They realize they can cash in on the copper.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call JPD at 601-960-1234.
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