COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Thieves are going after metal anywhere they can find it, in this case, targeting residential housing areas.
People living in the Washington Heights neighborhood off of Cusseta Road in Columbus are reporting copper wiring being stolen from their homes.
A police report details one home on Bowie Street had over 1,500 yards of copper stolen.
Home surveillance video was able to catch the believed suspect, knocking on the front door, before exiting the porch and leaving with a large item in his hands from the backyard area.
“We’re getting over here finding out people are walking around in the daytime and nighttime. We’re definitely going to have our eyes open now,” said Jasper Lawrence, who lives in the neighborhood.
Other neighbors are reporting similar situations to police. Another neighbor also had copper stolen, along with an air-conditioning unit ripped from the base.
According to a report done by the FBI, copper thefts continue to be an issue.
The natural resource is valuable as scrap because the metal is used for so many items.
Neighbors in Columbus are now on high alert after these reports, and suspects are believed to be walking around in broad daylight.
“When I get in the house, I make sure everything is locked up. We shut it so you can’t just walk up in here, because we don’t know what’s going on,” said Lawrence.
Columbus police are looking for the person or people responsible for these thefts.
If you can identify the man in the video, you asked to contact police.