New Problem for Sandy Homeowners: Copper Bandits
At least 32 pipe thefts in one community: police
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2013 11:49 AM CST
This Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 aerial file photo shows oceanfront homes on New York's Fire Island, damaged when Superstorm Sandy struck on Oct. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

(Newser) – Homeowners in one Jersey shore community have already seen their houses ravaged by superstorm Sandy—and now copper bandits are adding insult to injury, NBC New York reports. Police say at least 32 copper pipe thefts have been reported in the area, many of them from still-vacant homes. And the true number is probably "at least double," says a lieutenant. The mayor of Stafford is trying to start up neighborhood watch again, but it's hard: "There are so few people there," he says.

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Feb 22, 2013 8:10 AM CST
HANG THEM HIGH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 22, 2013 5:43 AM CST
First off I don't condone stealing but I do find it interesting the vehemency of most of the responses posted. The banks in this country have stolen billions by manipulation yet barely a peep. Government policies that allow the wealthy to rebuild their homes on the coast at the taxpayers expense, only crickets. People take copper from a damaged house that more than likely will be demolished and rebuilt, get out the guns. A Czech proverb: Petty thieves are hanged, you take off your hat to the big ones
Feb 21, 2013 1:30 PM CST
A few well placed rounds from an AR15 would put a stop to the assholes stealing other peoples property. Whatever bad happens to them, they deserve.