Alfa Insurance Offers Rewards in String of Alabama Copper Theft

April 29, 2008

As the theft of copper wiring and other valuable metals is growing, particularly throughout rural communities, Alabama-based Alfa Insurance is offering an additional $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of copper theft from poultry houses, farm irrigation systems and other property in Alabama covered by an Alfa Insurance policy.

“Not only do the criminals that commit these acts cost our policyholders money, they often do thousands of dollars in damage to property and cripple the equipment and buildings farmers depend on for their livelihoods,” said Alfa Insurance and Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry A. Newby.

The $10,000 reward will be paid to the first person who furnishes information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons for the theft of copper taken from property in Alabama covered by an Alfa Insurance policy.

In recent months, dozens of farmers and other rural residents have reported copper theft, according to Newby. Anyone with information related to the theft of copper is encouraged to contact local law enforcement officials.

Last year, the Alabama Farmers Federation led the support for a new law requiring buyers of scrap metal to require proper identification of the seller in an attempt to provide a better database for law enforcement officials.

Source: Alfa Insurance

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