According to Alice police reports, the fourth theft totaled $3231; tips are sought

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Copper thefts continue to plague the city of Alice as AEP Texas was hit again for the fourth time, police reports confirm.

The total value of the copper reels was $3,231, the police report said.

On May 25, at about 7 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Gulf in reference to a burglary of a building and vehicle. According to police reports, the shop keeper discovered the building had been burglarized sometime overnight on May 24.

Upon observation, the west rear door appeared to be forced open with tools such as large screwdrivers taken from one of the company trucks.

Once inside, the suspects cut the lock to a fenced area of the building and took a pallet of about 19 copper reels in assorted gauges, the report said.

Six of the reels had a black rubber coating on the copper. The suspects also cut the lock to a large sliding door to wheel the pallet out. The report stated that the suspects gained entry by cutting the fence on the north side. An empty pallet and pallet jack were also found on the north side of the building next to a dumpster.

In the same burglary, a company truck was discovered to have been burglarized, with a copper reel valued at $92 missing from the back cargo of the vehicle.

AEP was also burglarized on April 15, May 10 and May 14.

Anyone with information about the copper burglaries at 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 through the 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.