Scrap metal theft continues to plague central Florida as the thieves have grown more sophisticated–in one recent case, employing a power saw with a diamond blade to gain access to $30,000 worth of copper and aluminum wiring for a hotel under construction at Universal Studios, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The burglary and theft June 9 were one of three reported that weekend in Orlando.
Once blamed largely on transients, today’s scrap-metal thieves are more likely to scout targets during their day jobs in the building trades, according to police. And they have the skills and equipment needed to quickly strip a house or commercial project. The thefts have declined slightly so far this year, probably due to laws requiring scrap yards to keep more careful records on sellers.