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Copper theft causes pricey damage

Amarillo, TX - Employees headed back to work after the Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, but one local construction company discovered work would not be possible.

Employees of Texas Sand and Gravel arrived to their plant just north of Amarillo this morning to find a site of dangling, cut cables.

Thieves cut multiple cables on different machinery to get the copper inside. While copper thefts are common in our area, this particular theft is costing the company more than $1 million in damages and production loss.

The damaged cables rendered the plant inoperable on Tuesday, and a company representative told NewsChannel 10 it will stay that way for the next couple weeks as they repair the damage.

A trailer was also stolen from the plant and the company believes it might have been used to haul off the copper wiring.

The Potter County Sheriff's Office is investigating the the copper theft and they are asking anyone with information to contact their office at 806-379-2900 or Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806-374-4400. All tips will remain anonymous.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10
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    Madison anchors the 4, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She joined NewsChannel10 as a reporter in October 2013.

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