POLICE WARN OF COPPER ROBBERIES
Authorities believe energy depots are being targeted for midnight raids of valuable metal
THIEVES have been targeting energy depots across the Burnett to steal copper wire.
Gayndah and Mundubbera depots were both hit this week, with hundreds of dollars of copper stolen in the middle of the night.
Police believe someone from out of town is responsible and ask people to look out for suspicious behaviour.
THIEVES made off with copper wire from two energy depots in the North Burnett this week in what police are calling a co-ordinated effort.
Ergon Energy depots in Mundubbera and Gayndah were both broken into on Monday night and thieves stole a large amount of copper wire.
Gayndah Police Officer in Charge Sergeant Josh Ryan said it was not the first time North Burnett had been targeted.
“It’s happened twice in Mundubbera, and Murgon (in South Burnett) has also been done,” Sgt Ryan said.
At the Gayndah Depot in Queen St, Ergon staff found a section of fence cut on Tuesday morning before finding copper wire stolen from recycling bins.
Ergon manager Craig Robertson said it was the first time the Gayndah depot had been targeted.
“They’re obviously working the area,” Mr Robertson said.
He estimated the value of the wire stolen at about $280. Sgt Ryan said it was difficult to track the wire but he suspected it would be sold outside of the area.
He wants anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious around the Ergon Depot between Monday night and Tuesday morning to come forward.
“I’m interested in speaking to anyone who has seen people or vehicles hanging around (the depot) outside of work hours,” he said.
Phone Gayndah Police on 4161 1211 or phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Sgt Josh Ryan It’s happened twice in Mundubbera, and Murgon has also been done.
COPPER WIRE STOLEN: Thieves have targeted North and South Burnett towns.
Copper wire was stolen from the Ergon depot in Gayndah on Monday night.