Oct 5, 2010 4:02 PM by Katie Durio

Copper Thefts in Vermilion Parish

Press Release:

According to Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon, Detectives with the Sheriff's Office are asking the public for their assistance in helping them solve numerous thefts of Copper, Scrap Iron, Radiators, air condition units, and leads on Welding Machines in southern portion of Vermilion Parish over the last couple of months, as well as several kick Burglaries in the northern portion of the Parish near the Maurice area.

Sheriff Couvillon says that the majority of the copper thefts are coming in the form of welding leads being cut from welding machines, and then burning the rubber and selling the copper.

Sheriff Couvillon says that there is a direct effect of the Economy on Property Crimes, as the rise in the price of Copper at almost $3.00per lb. has caused a rise in these thefts.

In regards to the kick Burglaries that are occurring in the northern portion of the parish, Sheriff Couvillon says that the suspect(s) are taking tv's, computers, weapons, jewelry, and other electronic devices.

Sheriff Couvillon says that these crimes are not isolated to Vermilion Parish only, as surrounding Parishes are experiencing the same types of crimes, and therefore Vermilion Detectives are working diligently with Law Enforcement agencies in Lafayette, Acadia, Iberia, St. Martin, and St. Landry Parishes, in an effort to recover these items and to develop a suspect and/or suspects involved in these crimes.

Sheriff Couvillon says that the public can be of valuable assistance by contacting the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division at 898-4403 if they notice any suspicious vehicles and/or individuals in areas that they should not be, or if they notice individuals burning anything that is accompanied with particularly heavy black smoke, which may indicate that it is some type of wiring that may be associated with these types of thefts.

Sheriff Couvillon also says that potential victims can protect themselves by securing their items and/or placing them in well lit areas in an effort to possibly deter such thefts.

Finally, Sheriff Couvillon says that he is confident that the person or persons responsible for these thefts and kick in Burglaries will be caught, but says that in the case of the copper thefts as opposed to tv's and electronic devices, many times Detectives have no serial numbers or specific identification marking to help validate that these items were actually stolen, and therefore good investigative skills and/or the assistance from the public are imperative to help solve these types of crimes.



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