DPS recovers copper stolen from Ariz. mining company

Copper theft

Credit: Arizona Department of Public Safety

DPS recovered copper stolen from the ASARCO Mining Corporation in Hayden, Ariz.

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

HAYDEN, Ariz. -- The Arizona Department of Public Safety recovered more than $300,000 worth of copper stolen from a mining company in Hayden.

DPS officers stopped a commercial vehicle on Interstate 10 on Sept. 27 and discovered approximately 48 copper ingots in the trailer.

Ingots are large copper plates and each one was 4 feet wide, 4 feet tall and 2 inches thick. Each plate weighed approximately 880 pounds.

A search warrant was executed at a residence in Marana and 54 copper ingots were found. Officers seized three truck tractors, three semi-trailers, one fork lift and two hand carts.

Officials said the copper was stolen from the ASARCO Mining Corporation.
 

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