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Copper pipe stolen from Funkstown home

December 20, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

FUNKSTOWN — About $2,000 worth of copper pipe was stolen from a house on Poplar Street in Funkstown, a Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Monday.

It is believed the theft of the pipe occurred between July and December, Deputy M. Sullivan said.

The theft was discovered when a real estate agent went to check on the home Friday, said Sullivan, noting that the house has been up for sale.

The pipe was cut out of the house when a drop ceiling in the basement of the home was destroyed, causing at least $2,000 in damages, Sullivan said.

Copper piping that was part of a hot-water, boiler-heating system were stolen, Sullivan said.

Theft of copper pipe has been a growing problem in the area.

Hagerstown Police Department officials said recently that it has received at least 15 to 20 reports of thefts of copper pipe from homes.

The copper thefts have become a problem because of the number of vacant homes for sale and homes in foreclosure, city police said.

In some cases when the copper water lines were cut, water flooded homes causing damage, police said.

Anyone who has information about the Poplar Street copper theft can contact the sheriff's office at 240-313-2172.

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