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Scrap metal thefts rise

Previously a commercial producer of stone and marble products, this industrial facility was allegedly looted on Monday by three Southbridge men looking for scrap metal. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
August 26, 2009
STURBRIDGE — Three individuals were arrested Monday in what police are saying is a growing trend of scrap metal theft.

According to Sturbridge Detective Mark Saloio, theft of scrap metal from abandoned buildings, construction sites and even occupied homes is plaguing local law enforcement agencies on an almost daily basis.

"Collectively, it's something that a lot of agencies are having a problem with," Saloio said, explaining that as payouts for things like scrap copper are on the rise, so are these types of crimes.

"It's creating more of a market for people to go out and steel it," the detective said.

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