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$75,000 in copper stolen from school work site

LAWRENCEVILLE - As long as the price of metal remains high, construction sites could be targets for thieves seeking materials to sell for a quick buck.

A construction site at 1705 New Hope Road, the site of the future Lovin Elementary School, was targeted earlier this month, and $75,000 in copper plumbing was stolen, according to a Gwinnett County School Police report.

The chain on the gate used to access the property was cut sometime between 5 p.m. Oct. 6 and 6:30 a.m. Oct. 9, the report states. The metal bar on the storage trailer that held the copper piping was also cut.

An inspection of the site also showed that someone had backed a vehicle up to the storage trailer.

There were no witnesses to the crime, and no suspects were identified.

Additional information about the incident was not available Wednesday, the school system's spokesman said.

A message left at McLeroy Plumbing Services of Athens, the commercial plumbing contractor that was to install the piping, was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.