DPS recovers large amount of stolen copper
Web Producer: Jackie Kent
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Officers recovered more than $300,000 worth of copper that was stolen from the ASARCO Mining Corporation in Hayden, Ariz.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a traffic stop on Interstate 10 was conducted on Sept. 27 as part of a criminal investigation.
Forty-eight large copper plates, or ingots, were found in a commercial vehicle trailer. Each ingot is four feet wide, four feet long, two inches thick and weighs approximately 880 pounds.
The discovery at the traffic stop led the Criminal Investigation Division to carry out a search warrant in a residence in the 6300 block of W. Tangerine Road in Marana, Ariz.
During the home investigation, 54 copper ingots were found, which piloted the seizure of three truck tractors, three semi-trailers, one fork lift and two hand carts, according to a news release.
ARSARCO Hayden Plant representatives identified the stolen copper ingots on scene. The total combined weight of the stolen copper reaches almost 90,000 pounds.