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Minnesota police investigate theft of a ton -- yes, a ton -- of copper

Police said it likely would have taken about four pick-up loads to take that much copper.

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ROCHESTER — Police are investigating a report of a ton of scrap copper taken from a Rochester-based construction company this week.

Rochester police received a report from Elcor Construction that its location at 2535 U.S. Highway 14 West was broken into sometime between noon Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, and 7:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Capt. Casey Moilanen.

Thieves were able to force entry through one of the building's doors and then open an overhead garage door. Approximately $4,000 worth of tools were reported stolen as well as about a ton of scrapped copper worth an estimated $20,000. Moilanen said it likely would have taken about four pick-up loads to take that much copper.

The burglary is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rochester Police Department through the non-emergency number at 507-328-6800 or through Crime Stoppers of Rochester and Olmsted County at 1-800-222-8477.

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