Hotwired tractor, trailer full of copper stolen

By Kimberely Lennard, Land Line staff writer | 11/7/2012

A trailer loaded with 43,000 pounds of copper was stolen from APC Trucking in Lemont, IL, after thieves hotwired a 2007 Volvo parked on the property.

Kathy Hoffmeyer, spokeswoman for the Will County Sheriff’s Office, told Land Line that sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 3, someone entered the APC Trucking parking lot by cutting a padlock on the gate. The thieves then hotwired the truck and hooked it up to the trailer loaded with an estimated $150,000 of copper.

The load had been scheduled to be delivered to Delaware, OH, on Nov. 5, Hoffman reported.

Copper thieves had also struck another business nearby between Oct. 12 and 15. According to Hoffman, a 6-foot-by-20 foot opening was cut into the side of the Noramco Warehouse, a large storage and distribution facility. Several pallets of copper plates were removed, weighing about 5,000 pounds each and worth an estimated $500,000. The thieves used a company forklift to remove the pallets and left behind a skid steer, dump truck and trailer, which were reported stolen to the Mokena police.

Both thefts are currently under investigation.

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