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A large amount of copper wire was stolen from Hi-Line Electric Tuesday evening, said Amy Anderson, wife of Brad Anderson, who owns the business with Chad Zaun.
Thursday Anderson said the copper wire was valued at â€śless than $25,000, but itâ€™s a lot.â€ť
She added, â€śpeople who own copper wire have to be very careful.â€ť
She said the business was broken into Tuesday evening.
â€śThey covered the windows and even used our forkliftâ€ť in order to steal the metal, Anderson said.
â€śThey knew how to run the forklift,â€ť Anderson said.
Mark McDonald, interim Valley City police chief, said Thursday the Hi-Line theft follows the theft of about $3,000 worth of wire stolen from a secured and fenced city-owned area in southwest Valley City over the weekend.
â€śCopper right now is a very hot commodity for thieves,â€ť McDonald said.
â€śPeople do need to be careful. If they see anything suspicious, give us a call and weâ€™ll check it out,â€ť McDonald said.