Stephens County_ Sheriff Jimmie Bruner says they caught a man stealing copper from an electrical substation east of Comanche. Officers went to the scene of this unusual crime after getting a call that the alarm had gone off at the Western Farmers Electrical Company. Sheriff Bruner says the officers noticed a suspicious car and there, they say, they found James Dale Brown stripping copper from an electrical station.
The going rate for scrap copper at a Duncan metal shop is around $2-$2.50 per pound and, in Oklahoma City the rate is also under $3 per pound. Investigators say Brown had about 300 pounds of copper, so he could have netted around $600 for his work.
"Our copper theft is taken very seriously because it's expensive and it's a critical item, especially dealing with transformers, oil fields, anything electrical that powers homes. When copper wire theft occurs, it primarily shuts an area down," Sheriff Bruner said.