Man found with 300kg of copper wire

Police go over a car load of wire at a Steptoe St address in Bundaberg East.
Police go over a car load of wire at a Steptoe St address in Bundaberg East. Mike Knott

A 29-YEAR-OLD man has been charged after he was found with hundreds of kilos of copper cabling that was believed to have been stolen.

Bundaberg Criminal Branch Detective Sergeant Ben Fadian said the man was stopped in Steptoe St, East Bundaberg, outside of a scrap metal yard early yesterday.

"He had copper cabling spilling out of his boot," he said.

Det Sgt Fadian said about 300kg of the copper cabling was seized by police during the incident, which happened shortly after 10am.

The man, from Greenbank in Brisbane, was charged with being in possession of suspected stolen property.

He was given bail and will appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court at a later date.

The NewsMail reported in yesterday's paper that crooks broke into the Ergon Energy depot in Gin Gin and stole 200-400kg of the same cable.

Det Sgt Fadian yesterday told the NewsMail that the cable seized yesterday did not match what was stolen from Gin Gin.

Despite the two separate alleged thefts, Det Sgt Fadian said copper cable thefts were not common.

Topics:  copper, police, thefts



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