Brazen copper thieves in Massachusetts are going to great
lengths to rip off homes. Mansfield police are warning homeowners that thieves are
getting into empty homes or ones that are up for sale during the day and ripping out the copper piping.
It's happened to several homes in just the past week. Police tell us the thieves then sell the copper at scrap
yards, for three bucks a pound. "They aren't gingery removing or breaking it down
carefully, they are going in ripping the things out by hand and in some cases
not even bothering to cut it, " says Detective Michael Ellsworth of the Mansfield Police Department
Police in Attleboro, North Attleboro, Norton and Foxboro
are also seeing a spike in copper piping thefts.