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Copper taken from school site

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By Brandon Mattingly

An undisclosed amount of type L copper piping was taken from the site of the new Washington County High School last weekend, and the Springfield Police Department is looking for leads.

According to police, between the night of Friday, Aug. 23 and Monday, Aug. 26, someone entered the construction property on Hwy-150 and drove away with 300 feet of copper piping. The culprits took 100 feet each of one-inch, two-inch and two-and-a-half inch pipes. Some of the piping had already been installed and welded into place, and was removed from the framework.

“We think it could be somebody who’s working there, because they knew too much about the layout. We don’t have any suspects at this time,” said Officer Charlie Osbourn of the Springfield Police Department. “We’re not accusing anyone of anything, but it looks like it was somebody who had knowledge of what was going on there.”

Washington County Superintendent Robin Cochran said the school district is waiting for official word on how much copper was taken. Once a value has been assessed, it will be determined whether to replace the copper out of pocket or seek assistance.

“If it’s minimal, we would pay for it,” Cochran said. “If it meets our deductible, then builder’s risk will pay for it.”

Police said they have checked with nearby locations where the product could be re-sold, but have yet to turn up anything. Any with information can contact Springfield Police at 336-5450.