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Investigators: Copper thefts rising with price of metal

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LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - Gregg County sheriff's deputies say rising copper prices are attracting thieves.

Investigators say metal thefts contribute to rising consumer costs at the gas pump, on heating and cooling bills and insurance premiums.

Kenneth Rivers of Hallsville was arrested Tuesday for taking about 50 pounds of copper wiring from a Kilgore oilfield services company.

He's in the Gregg County Jail tonight on $10,000 bond.

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