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Copper Wire Stolen From Sussex Farms

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Irrigation system at Magee's Farm (Photo: WBOC) Irrigation system at Magee's Farm (Photo: WBOC)

SELBYVILLE, Del.- Now that spring has arrived, thieves are once again preying on farmers' fields in Sussex County. Their target is copper wire from irrigation systems. 

Farmer Christopher Magee in Selbyville had wires on his irrigation system stolen from right under his nose. There have been about 10 incidents just like this in the area in the past 30 days. The most frustrating thing for farmers is that it is planting season.

"It hurts a little bit that the economy has come to this point," Magee said.

The wire cost about $10,000 to replace. 

The price for copper is pretty good right now.  Recycling centers are paying about $30 for 10 pounds of copper. It is quick cash for thieves, but costly for farmers.

Junk yards are just as frustrated with the situation as farmers.  The owner of Kroger's Salvage in Seaford said he can usually identify stolen wire and when he does he refuses to buy it. However, the system is still far from foolproof.  

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