Las Vegas Metal Recycling Companies Respond to Purchase of Copper Wire from Suspected Thief

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officials say copper wire theft suspect Brian Welch made more than 300 scrap metal transactions. And let’s say copper wire theft suspect John Werns made over 70 transactions. Arrest documents show Werns primarily sold metal to two local recycling companies.

FOX5 doesn’t name companies because buying scrap metal isn’t illegal, but we did ask one company to be named in arrest documents for buying scrap metal from a wire theft suspect. copper, among several other issues.

Here is the company’s response:

A second recycling company named in the arrest documents declined to comment.

LVMPD officials say metal recycling companies have not only helped uncover suspects of theft, but aided in its recent investigations by a newly formed copper wire theft task force. It includes information sharing between LVMPD and the Henderson and North Las Vegas Police Departments. Metro attributes this task to the arrests of Brian Welch, John Werns and Rueben Montejano. They say Welch was stealing copper wire from streetlights in Clark County, which resulted in more than $100,000 in repairs. Police say Werns and Montejano caused thousands of dollars in damage after stealing copper wire from cellphone towers.

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