June 25, 2018
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Several hundred pounds of scrap copper wire taken from Sugarloaf Golf Club

By Ann Bryant, Sun Journal

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Police are investigating the theft of several hundred pounds of copper wire scrap pieces from the Sugarloaf Mountain Golf maintenance department.

Police are not exactly sure when it was taken, but is believed to be within the last couple of weeks, Police Chief Mark Lopez said Friday.

The scrap pieces of 14-gauge copper wire were being stored in a holding crate at the maintenance garage. These were left over from work on an irrigation project that’s been under construction at the golf course for some time, he said.

“Technically, the wire is garbage and of little value to the golf course,” he said.

But, the project superintendent had planned to turn the wire in and splurge on a barbecue for the workers with some left in reserve for future paint or lumber needs, Lopez said.

The value of the wire is estimated at less than $700. It’s a dollar per pound with the coating on it and $2 per pound if the coating is stripped, he said. The wrapping could be in various colors — purple, orange, blue and green. If the wrapping is not removed, it could have “sprinkler wire” written in some places.

During installation of the 100-foot strings of wire, they might not need the last few feet, Lopez said. It’s those three- and four-foot sections that were being saved.

Carrabassett Valley Police Department has notified local law enforcement, state police and some scrap yards about the theft.

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