Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

In just over a month, since April 16, the AEP-Texas yard has been burglarized four times, with the suspects stealing copper wiring and other items.

The estimated value of the stolen copper wire is at least $5,000, police reports state.

The AEP office was burglarized on April 16, May 11, May 14 and May 24.

As the Crime of the Week, police are asking for the public's help in solving these burglaries.

According to the reports, unknown suspects entered the AEP yard located on 307 S. Gulf St. on April 16 on the northwest corner through a linked fence that was possibly cut with bolt cutters.

A dolly was also used to move the large coils of copper that been stolen, the report said.

The report said six reels valued at $295 each were stolen along with 14 reels of bare copper valued at $94.50 each, two reels of another grade bare copper at $93.06, one knife and a climbing bag worth $46.72.

Just three weeks later, the yard was hit again in the overnight hours on May 10 and the burglars took one wooden reel of copper from an International Truck. The value of that copper was $800. Then on May 14, four days later, another burglary occurred. Copper was stolen from the building, the report said.

Police said burglars once again targeted the AEP yard on Thursday and stole an undetermined amount of copper wire.

Anyone with information about the burglary at the AEP Texas can contact Crime Stoppers of South Texas, Inc. hotline at 664-STOP or log in at www.stxtipscom and fill out tip information by Internet. Tipsters may be eligible for cash rewards up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and or indictment of the suspect or suspects. All calls remain anonymous.