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Thousands of feet, $50K of copper stolen from new Walhalla High

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The new Walhalla High School construction. (March 20, 2014/Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office) The new Walhalla High School construction. (March 20, 2014/Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)
The new Walhalla High School construction. (March 20, 2014/Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office) The new Walhalla High School construction. (March 20, 2014/Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)
WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Oconee County deputies are investigating the theft of copper from the construction site of the new Walhalla High School.

Sheriff's office spokesperson Jimmy Watt said the theft was discovered at 7 a.m. Thursday when crews arrived. He said sometime between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday, someone stole copper wiring and tubing from a storage trailer at the site, located on Highway 11 at Picket Post.

Deputies have not yet determined the financial loss of from the theft, but according to Sheriff Mike Crenshaw it is a "substantial amount" in excess of $50,000.

According to the incident report, thieves swiped several thousand feet of pipe and wire along with the fittings.

This is the second time someone has stolen copper from the construction site. In October, deputies said copper was ripped from the walls of the new building, though some of that has been recovered.

Anyone with information on Thursday's theft is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, 638-STOP, or text in your tip to 274637.

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