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Cape Businesses Hit By Copper Thefts

At least four businesses in Cape St. Claire had copper materials stolen during the weekend, a business owner said.

Several businesses in the Cape St. Claire shopping center reported copper piping and wiring being stolen during the weekend.

Broadneck Grill owner Donna Duran said her restaurant, the Pizza Hut, House of Hunan II and Joy Luck IV all discovered copper materials were missing after the weekend. It was reported to Anne Arundel County police on Monday.

Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said Eastern District detectives are currently investigating the crime.

"It appears that the incidents are related and all took place on one night," Mulcahy said.

Broadneck Grill's copper piping led to the restaurant from propane tanks, which operate most of its kitchen equipment. The perpetrator also left the gas running overnight, Duran said. The owner she didn't have an estimate on how much was stolen, but police told her it was quite expensive.

At least two videos captured footage of the perpetrator, Duran said.

"I hope they catch the guy," she said.

In September, police charged five men in a series of copper and wire thefts at businesses, abandoned homes, county parks and county schools. In July,  had been stolen from athletic fields at county schools, including Broadneck High School.

Chris Bauer December 11, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Maybe The Scrap King needed a few extra bucks for his defense fund.
cindy l ferrell December 12, 2012 at 06:07 PM
That's so wrong!!
The Cape Exchange December 14, 2012 at 12:59 AM
It is unfortunate that people are stealing from local businesses. I sincerely hope that the guilty party is not a neighbor of the Cape. We have experienced a few thefts in our store recently and other store owners are reporting the same. It is sad and maddening at the same time.
T Edwards December 14, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Do not blame the scrap king, he has cleaned his act up. Houses are being broken into just the same. But nobody even mentions that on Patch. Even A>A<>Co. police don't seem to want to be bothered. Keep your windows locked, your doors, and your veh's. Watch out for teenagers sitting on corner's of the Cape before school is even let out!

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