Copper thieves target Christmas decorations

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 7:19pm

We've all heard of the "Grinch Who Stole Christmas." But in Marshall, Texas, it's not a little green man interfering with the holiday cheer. It's copper thieves, who see a Christmas lights display and think one thing: pay day.

Jack Redmon, Director of Parks and Recreation, says he's seen an increase in theft recently. "They'll come in and they'll take the copper from our light displays," he said. From there, they melt the copper to sell at scrap yards, for about $3.40 a pound, at today's prices.

That's especially daunting for a city like Marshall, whose "Wonderland of Lights" festival draws a huge crows every year. However, Redmon says that these thefts aren't going to stop the city from putting on a great show. "I promise you, these people will not win. We will win and we will put on the Wonderland of Lights better than it's ever been."

Police are on the lookout for suspected copper theft. If you see someone tampering with a light display, contact them immediately.

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