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Copper wire being stolen from eastern N.M. sprinklers

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) _ Thieves are targeting copper wire on pivot sprinklers on farms in Roosevelt and Curry counties.

Roosevelt County sheriff's Chief Deputy Malin Parker says his department averages two calls a week about copper wire thefts. The Roosevelt and Curry County Sheriff's departments have sent letters to recycling companies in an effort to fight the thefts.

Parker says the letter asks the companies to stop taking copper wire from people who have no legitimate reason to have it. The wire nets around $400 for thieves for about 30 minutes of
work. A single theft can costs farmers an average of $5,000 for repairs.

Copper prices have soared from 60 cents a pound in 2001 to
around $3.50 a pound currently.

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