DPS recovers copper stolen from Ariz. mining company

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

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.