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Copper crook hits Cleveland APL, again

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Copper wire stolen from outside the Cleveland APL on Willey Avenue Copper wire stolen from outside the Cleveland APL on Willey Avenue

Not once but twice in the last six weeks someone looking to cash in, cut the copper wires outside the Cleveland Animal Protective League.

The employees and volunteers had no way to take care of the animals for several hours. 

"They're coming in when there's nobody in the area and taking off the copper wire off the utility pole," says Sharon Harvey of the Cleveland APL.

Monday the utility pole outside the building on Willey Avenue was duct taped together.

Crews made the repairs on Tuesday. It cost Cleveland Power $5,000 to fix the problem twice. The APL lost money because they couldn't open for several hours.

"It means we have to close down the shelter. Worst of all it's a critical animal care issue especially when the temperatures are like this," says Harvey.

Councilman Brian Cummins says even with laws in place that require scrap metal dealers to follow strict rules, some places decide to look the other way. The thief in this copper stealing case risked his life for a few hundred bucks.

"Clearly it's extremely frustrating and it's dangerous, and frankly the people in the neighborhood are fed up with it," Councilman Brian Cummins said.

Councilman Cummins says he's working with police to try to increase patrols in the area. The APL staff tell us they are hoping to get surveillance cameras to keep a better eye on the building.

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