March 25, 2014
WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of more than $50,000 in copper from the construction site of the new Walhalla High School on S.C. 11 at Picket Post.
Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said deputies were dispatched to the construction site a little before 7 a.m. March 20 for the theft. Officials said the theft occurred between 6 p.m. March 19 and 6 a.m. March 20. No persons of interest have been identified.
The theft occurred at storage trailers and involved the stealing several thousand feet of copper wire and copper tubing. Although no dollar amount was available for the amount of copper taken, it appears to be “a substantial amount,” Crenshaw said.
This is the second theft of copper that the sheriff’s office has investigated recently. Copper was stolen from the construction site on Oct. 10, 2013, from the walls in a part of the new school building. Some of that copper was recovered, Crenshaw said.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, 638-STOP, or text in tips to 274637.