DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - As the price of copper goes up, so does the amount of copper thefts. It is one way a common thief looks to make a quick buck. Kay Fox with Beauregard Electric said it is a big problem for them.
"We have had this problem before. Sometimes, when our workers go out, when we have an outage, we see problems within our service territory," said Fox.
Criminals are getting the copper from power lines. Beauregard Electric Company said this could affect their customers.
"It causes outages, it causes blinks in our system. Those things affect out public, our members," said Fox.
Four men are believed to responsible for the copper theft. Charles Ward junior, and Samuel Moore were arrested last week. 24-year old Max Wheeler, of Lake Charles was arrested Tuesday morning.
Investigators say Brad E. Moak, age 23, of Dequincy, turned himself in at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning. Moak was processed into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Facility and is being transferred to Beauregard Parish jail. Bond is set at $60,000.
These men could be facing some serious jail time if they are found guilty. Fairly new legislation has strengthen the possible punishment for people who steal copper. "Our intent is to prosecute those who are found to be guilty. We are working with local law enforcement agencies," said Fox.
The losses from these thefts are reported to be in the thousands.