PO­LICE WARN OF COP­PER ROB­BERIES

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve en­ergy de­pots are be­ing tar­geted for mid­night raids of valu­able metal

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PHO­TOS: BAR­CLAY WHITE

Cop­per wire was stolen from the Er­gon de­pot in Gayn­dah on Mon­day night.

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