The value of metal continues to increase in East Texas and Gregg county authorities say, so does copper theft. According to Longview police records, cases of copper theft have been progressive over the last three years. There were 70 reports of copper theft in 2006, 79 in 2007 and already 56 thefts have been reported in Longview this year.
Gregg County has also had 38 copper theft cases this year. This year, the price of copper has ranged from $3.25 to $4.00 a pound.