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Radiator theft case still open

I enjoyed the story about recycling metal in this week's Mail Tribune. I didn't know there were so many problems with theft. Or that there were new laws surrounding the practice to help remedy this. Can you tell us if any of the thieves have been caught?

— Melissa G., Eagle Point

No culprits have been caught in the most recent theft, Melissa, in which three Kenworth T800 radiators went missing from an Eagle Point residence.

The homeowner told Jackson County sheriff's deputies that the theft occurred Thursday, March 21, between 4 and 7 p.m. in the 7700 block of Highway 140. Total value of the equipment is $7,000, and the Sheriff's Department is asking anyone who saw anything unusual around that time to call its tip line at 541-774-8333. The case remains under investigation, said Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson.

Tom Gauntt, spokesman for Pacific Power, said the brazen thieves who stole a third of a mile of wire along a rural road outside Smith River near Crescent City remain at large, too.

The January theft was part of more than $100,000 in wire thefts committed against Pacific Power and its customers in Del Norte County since late 2011, Gauntt said.

Pacific Power has posted a $3,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals who are harming Pacific Power's system.

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