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Home Depot Links Thefts to Opioid Crisis

Home Depot Inc. executives said the nation’s opioid crisis could be contributing to an unexpected surge in thefts from its stores and warehouses. The company said distribution centers that house its goods and those of other retailers have been targets …

4 Accused in Mississippi Chevron Refinery Thefts

Three people suspected of stealing equipment and trucks from Chevron’s Pascagoula Refinery, in Mississippi, were in custody, a fourth was still being sought. Sheriff Mike Byrd told the Sun Herald the investigation was launched Jan. 3 after reports of thefts …

Report: 8 Empty Philadelphia Schools Pose Safety Risks

Eight vacant schools pose public safety risks because of on-site drug use, vandalism or structural issues, and at least one should be demolished immediately, city controller Alan Butkovitz said Tuesday. A new report by the controller’s office urged school officials …

Scrap Metal Thefts Increase in Louisiana Parish

Authorities say the high prices being paid for scrap metal and copper are keeping Union Parish sheriff’s investigators busy. The New Star reports that four people were arrested Thursday and Friday and warrants issued for another suspect. Twenty-eight-year-old Titus Douglas, …

Maine Officials Propose Crack Down on Scrap Metal Thefts

Waterville, Maine’s police chief is proposing new legislation intended to crack down on the theft of copper and other metals for sale as scrap. Chief Joseph Massey says his officers are often stymied in their investigations because scrap metal processors …

Police Investigate String of Thefts at Kentucky Churches

Police are investigating after a string of break-ins were reported at churches in Bath County, Kentucky. One church, the Grace Tabernacle, reported more than $1,000 in missing equipment, according to WKYT-TV. The most recent break-in was reported at Slate Valley …

Oregon Police Arrest 2 in Thefts

Police in the Portland suburb of Beaverton have arrested a Vancouver, Wash., couple in a series of “smash and grab” thefts that ripped GPS units and other valuables from vehicles in hotel and motel parking lots. Officer Pam Yazzolino says …

Delaware Town’s Police Say Metal Thefts on the Rise

Wilmington police say there have been nearly 200 cases of thieves stealing metal piping from vacant properties across the city this year. Authorities said Wednesday that four theft cases have been reported in the last week. Mayor James Baker says …

5 Jailed in Texas Lamb Thefts

Five suspects have been accused in the theft of 6,000 lambs worth an estimated $1 million from a Gillespie County feedlot. A special ranger from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Texas Rangers made the arrests. The five …

Report: Texas Ranked Highest in 2010 Heavy Equipment Thefts

Texas was the number one state for heavy equipment thefts in 2010, followed by California, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Maryland, Ohio and Alabama, according to the latest report released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). …