OMAHA (KPTM)- Police are looking for the crooks who stole thousands of dollars worth of copper from an Omaha shopping mall. Detectives said this is the largest case of copper theft they've seen this year.
Omaha police said thieves have been stealing radiators, specifically air conditioning units that have copper coil inside them.
And this time the crooks found their way on top of the Crossroads Mall on Dodge Street and 72nd Street.
"They put up an extension ladder and then from there they can get up on higher roofs and that's how they got up onto the roof," said Bill Fell an Omaha Police Department detective.
Detective Fell said they stole more than 300 feet of copper, which is the biggest copper theft in Omaha this year.
He said it took the thieves several hours, and he worries they could be back again.
The crooks caused nearly $102,000.00 in damage, said Detective Fell.
Fell said he is now trying to track where the copper ends up.
Harold Edelman is the owner of Ganeeden Metal and said thieves know better than to come to his shop.
"These people know that if they bring us stolen merchandise, it's just a matter of time that they're going to get caught," said Eldelman.
Edelman said anyone that brings copper into his shop has to fill out a form, which includes your personal information and fingerprints.
Then each week he sends the forms to the Council Bluffs Police Department.
Detective Fell said security at the Crossroads Mall has been strengthened and Omaha police are now monitoring the area continuously.
He encourages anyone who sees suspicious activity in area to contact authorities immediately.
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