Construction copper stolen, vacant house burglarized, pistol stolen from vehicle


Construction materials such as copper wire are often a target for thieves. That appeared to be the case April 13 when a contractor found five rolls of copper wire missing from a restaurant work site in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville police in the morning hours of April 13 were dispatched to the DUA Vietnamese Restaurant on Ga. Highway 54 West in reference to a theft call.

Fayetteville Police Department spokesperson Ann Marie Burdett said police met with the complainant, a contractor, who said he was hired to do electrical work in the building.

The contractor told police he left the job site at approximately 3:30 p.m. on April 12 and left five rolls of metal shielded copper wire stacked against a wall.

The contractor reported another employee was working on the job site, and left the job to go to the store to purchase additional supplies. He said the employee returned to the site and worked until 8 p.m., and locked the door before leaving, Burdett reported.

When he returned to work the next day, the complainant said the copper wire was reported missing, and the other employees did not know its whereabouts, Burdett explained.

In another case, a Peachtree City officer on April 12 responded to the area of Bandon Way off MacDuff Parkway in reference to a burglary.

The site manager reported that someone entered one of the vacant units in the neighborhood and took a couple of appliances from inside the residence, the police report said.

The new houses under construction did not have locks on the doors, said Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Chris Hyatt.

In another Fayetteville case, an officer on April 13 met with a man at police headquarters to take a report about the theft of a firearm.

The man said he last noticed the gun, which had been placed under the driver’s seat, on March 24, Burdett said.

The man said it was on that date that he and his girlfriend went to a restaurant, adding that he was unaware that the gun was missing until his father cleaned the vehicle on April 13, said Burdett.

Law enforcement recommends against leaving firearms in vehicles.