According to Philadelphia-based TNT Metal Recycling, the cost of bare, bright copper is about $3 per pound. Clean brass goes for $1.70 per pound, while a central air unit can net recyclers up to $65.
It may be the prices folks can net, or just random acts of vandalism, but at least two incidents involving stolen metal occurred in the first week of April in Lower Providence Township.
The Lower Providence Police Department (LPPD) reported that two different reported crimes occurred between April 1 and April 7. On April 1, around 9:01 a.m., PECO workers called to report the discovery of a missing computer box.
According to reports, a box that was gray in color, containing metal computer components, was stolen from the area of South Trooper Road and Catfish Lane. An outdoor computer module, measuring 30-inches tall, 16-inches wide and 12-inches deep, was last seen by PECO employees on March 27 around 4 p.m.
Upon arrival on April 1, the box was discovered as missing, and was valued at over $10,000.
“The computer box has electronics inside the cabinet and is worthless to anyone unless you have the rest of the computer components,” reported LPPD Ofc. Robert S. Cable. “I believe the computer box was stolen for scrap metal value.”
On April 7, around 8:30 a.m., another bizarre case was reported by Eagleville Hospital staff. According to reports, a 2.5-ton condenser, valued around $1,000, John Hunter, director of plant operations, called police to the Locheim Building to show responding units the concrete pad where a condenser once stood. The stolen unit had been cut from the connecting lines, leaking Freon in the area.
“The condenser contains aluminum and copper, and may possibly be at a scrap yard,” reported LPPD Ofc. Michael A. Rosa. “Estimated value of the condenser ranges from $700 to $1,000.”