Copper wire theft costly
THEY might have thought it was a quick way to make some pocket money but the two young bike riding thieves who hit the new Torbay Retirement Village building site are in serious trouble.
The thieves, believed to be just teenagers, ripped out more than 1800 metres of copper cabling worth around $2000 in the early hours of Sunday morning.
But the value of the cable pales when compared to what it will cost building contractors, BDG Bellero Constructions, to go back and rewire the entire project.
“It will take two weeks to redo what they have destroyed; we had just about finished the cabling,” BDG manager Bruce Goodluck said.
“For the past six weeks we have been working on the pre-cabling and these kids just came along and snipped the wire off where it was hanging.”
In all its estimated the damages bill will be around the $20,000 mark.
CEO of Torbay Retirement Villages, Philip Parry, said that while it wouldn’t cost his group any money he felt for the builders and the workers.
“The village is meant to be up and running by October and this could now cause a delay,” he said.
Identifying the young thieves as living close by is the fact that CCTV footage showed them riding out with their stolen property and then returning for more just 14 minutes later.
Mr Parry said that pinpointed the Urangan district.
Police are continuing their investigations.