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2/9/2012 6:00:00 AM
Thieves target plumbing
A photo of a valve. Local law enforcement are looking into multiple reports of stolen valves.
A photo of a valve. Local law enforcement are looking into multiple reports of stolen valves.

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

Local law enforcement agencies said they've received multiple reports over the last two weeks of stolen plumbing valves.

Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper said thieves are now targeting backflow prevention valves, which prevent contamination of the water supply coming into a home or business.

Cooper said the thieves are simply ripping the valves out of the system, taking along with them any attached plumbing.

He said around 20 businesses in the city, county and near the airport have had their valves stolen. The valves are reportedly valued at more than $300 each.

Police are investigating leads through local scrap dealers. An Arizona law passed in 2007 requires scrap buyers and recyclers to get photo identification and fingerprints for sales over $25. Anything over $300 is required to be paid by check, and the check has to be mailed to the person's physical address.

Cooper said police enforce that law and cite dealers they learn aren't following the regulations.

The City of Kingman and the Mohave Silent Witness group are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the valve thefts. Anyone with information is asked to contact KPD by calling (928) 753-2191, or report anonymously to Mohave Silent Witness by calling (928) 753-1234 or report tips online at www.KingmanPolice.com.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Article comment by: Criminal Laws

Just read those laws and realize that I can't sell scrap metals. I get no mail at a "physical address". I only get mail at my PO Box. I hate spending money for a PO Box but anyone that doesn't get mail at a PO Box in Kingman is asking for identity theft.

I have been saving scrap copper for over 10 years, now have perhaps 1500 lbs and similar amount of lead, with maybe 500 lbs of Aluminum. I stopped doing business with Bank of America when they wanted my fingerprints for cashing checks, and where I bank now requires several weeks for cashing checks, with heavy penalties for bad checks. So far I have had 2 unrelated checks given me that did not have enough funds, one had thought my check had already been cashed and removed money from that account for other purposes. So no way I ever want another check from anyone for any purpose.

OK, I did not sell my copper etc for years because metals prices paid locally were only a tiny fraction of their true value. Really wanted to get rid of this scrap now as is taking up too much space, guess I'm stuck with it.

Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Ne'r to do wells go into crime, some get away with it for a time, but fact is criminals are not the brightest bulbs on the christmas tree, and a old corny saying/motto comes to mind, "Murphy's Law" if something can go wrong it will eventually go wrong, folks who fence stolen goods forget one key factor the one they sold them too can identify them and when given the choice of giving them up or going to jail, they tend to sing like canaries!

Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Article comment by: jist me here

that is for SALES over $25.00 it does not matter what the value is. i took some stuff to one out on 66, they called several peices individual sales under $25.00 ( the total was $97.00) in order to "save paper work hassels" that way they can avoid the laws

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