Copper Thieves Targeting Irrigation Systems

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Copper thieves have been targeting pivot irrigation systems in rural Sedgwick County.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the thieves are yanking copper wire from the pivots to sell as scrap.

Sedgwick County sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Plummer said in a statement that there have been at least six confirmed thefts involving pivot irrigation systems in rural northwest Sedgwick County over the last three months.

The thefts have caused more than $18,000 in damage and a loss of copper worth more than $15,000.