Stealing metal for cash
Headline in today's Daily News says all the copper drainpipes were stolen from the Steeple Building in Christiansted....keep in mind, this building is located at one of the busiest intersections on Island yet no one saw anything.
Secondly--where the hell is this stuff going; our Island is not that big! Starting with the still at Whim, headstones from the cemetery now drain pipes.
Another thing--galvanize hurricane shutters are being stolen from houses. These are not small items! Where are they going?
If this is being sold to local vendors, and everyone on Island knows who is buying, WHY DON'T THE POLICE?
Same as a few years ago when houses were being robbed of furniture and appliances; empty containers were being loaded with furniture and appliances and shipped down Island--WHY DIDN'T THE POLICE CHECK THE CONTAINERS ??
We are still waiting on a Police report filed 4 months ago so a theft can be turned over to the insurance company.
Sometimes the incompetence is overwhelming
After all the work was done toward reopening the boys & girls club recycling center on STX, some "destined to rot in hell" person(s) stole the newly installed heavy duty copper wiring that was needed for the new can densifier to be installed. This was one of the last steps in getting things up and running - another setback for the dedicated crew of volunteers trying to get recycling happening on our island.
The bloody irony of this is almost insulting.
Copper ground wire theft at tower sites is/has been a serious problem. Some of the outages the cell/Internet providers have suffered in the past few years are due to stolen ground wires at towers. $50 worth of copper causing $10k-$50k worth of damage. This is a serious issue.