Need to know the price of copper? Ask a thief

Thieves going for the gold — copper
The Brooklyn Paper / Tom Callan

At least two worksites were robbed of that most precious of non-precious metals — copper — last week, the latest incidents in Brooklyn’s long battle against iron-willed thieves.

• In the first incident, a thief stole power tools from a Clinton Street construction site’s storage facility on May 27. The burglar got away with $1,000 worth of copper piping, a screw gun, extension cord and other tools from the location near Remsen Street.

• A man and woman purloined slabs of the golden metal from a Quaker school that’s under construction on Sidney Place on May 31.

The worker told police that the wily pair approached the site near Aitken Place at 1:05 pm in a white van, but it’s uncertain how the thieves gained access to the new school.

They ended up swiping nearly $2,000 worth of copper.

Copper burglaries are a crime that ebbs and flows based on the value of the easily swiped, rarely secured metal. The price of copper is hovering around $4.25 per pound, up from $2.75 per pound a year ago.