Copper thieves in western Wisconsin have targeted a new source for their criminal activity – the recreational vehicle market.
The Associated Press reported that Chippewa County sheriff’s officials say copper thefts have declined at scrap yards, but thieves have turned to RVs’ electrical cords, stealing at least nine cords in the past couple weeks.
In Chippewa Falls, Country RV’s Darla Crogg says the first time someone cut a couple electrical cords from the RVs on her lot she didn’t even report it, believing it was a random incident. Then thieves returned to steal again. The 25 to 30 foot wires cost as much as $45 to replace.
Sheriff’s Capt. Eugene Gutsch says three other camper owners reported the cords being cut from their vehicles parked on their property.