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Metal thieves hit new LFO High gym construction site

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FORT OGLETHORPE, GA (WRCB) -- Fort Oglethorpe police are trying to get to the bottom of a recent string of metal thefts in the area, with the new LFO High School gym construction site being one of the latest targets.

"These kind of scrap metal thefts are just an ongoing problem," says Lt. Steve Blevins.

Blevins says it has been a week since thieves raided the construction site at the new LFO gym, and he is hoping to gain some leads in the case.

"The next morning the supervisor over the project comes in and notices there's some four inch angle iron missing," says Blevins.

The trespassers were able to get away with five pieces of ten foot long sections of steel.

The construction manager told police it is not the first time they were hit.

"The gentleman reported that they had some smaller items taken from the site during the construction."

Blevins says unfortunately it was not caught on camera because they have been taken down for construction.

But LFO was not the only site hit.

"Within just a few days we've had a second theft of some rebar material, concrete reinforcement metal," says Blevins.

Fort O police were called to Sunset Cove, a neighborhood still under construction, where two young men were seen loading metal into their SUV.

"I certainly hope they catch them," says Sunset Cove resident Kenneth Nolan.

Nolan says he does not like the idea of people with sticky fingers roaming his neighborhood.

"Looks to me like if they spent the same amount of time working they could probably make as much money as they could out trying to steal it like that," says Nolan.

Blevins says they have been searching local scraps yards.

"The problems with these kind of materials, if they go in one piece, they're easier to spot. But if they're cut up again into smaller sections, pieces like that, it's very seldom you're able to spot that exact piece of property," he says.

Blevins is hoping the thieves slip up and brag about what they have done.

"With any good luck we're going to identify you and put you in jail," says Blevins.

Police are not sure if the two cases are connected, but they are looking for the owner of an older model maroon Ford Explorer that was used in the Sunset Cove theft. 

The metal taken from the neighborhood is valued at around $100. The metal from LFO is valued at around $600.

The materials at the school construction site are insured by the construction company.

If you have any info, call Fort Oglethorpe police at (706) 866-2512.

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