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3 arrested for buying stolen copper wire in at least 76 cases

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Gunma prefectural police have arrested three men on suspicion of buying 1,300 meters of copper wire allegedly stolen from a solar power plant.

Police said Tsuyoshi Watanabe, 48, a company executive from Isesaki City, and two accomplices, are suspected of buying copper wire, valued at 4.46 million yen, that was stolen by a group of Cambodians who were arrested last August, Kyodo News reported.

According to the warrant, Watanabe, whose company deals in precious metals, bought the wire for 1.46 million yen on June 30, 2023, despite being aware it was stolen.

The Cambodian group is suspected of being involved in 76 copper wire thefts across five prefectures, including Ibaraki and Saitama, between September 2022 and July 2023.

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5 years in the joint, plus 5,000,000 jpy.

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that was stolen by a group of Cambodians

When I saw the headline I just knew this was coming. Not necessarily Cambodians but ....

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Last August?

The usual speedy work by Mr Plod.

Only 6 months.

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this happens a lot in 3rd world countries, absolutely nothing is safe if left outside without supervision, a shrinking population is better than this

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Not easy. Steal the cable and then strip the plastic back to the copper.

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Good job NPA.

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The theft of copper happens in many countries especially when the price goes up. People even steal the overline cables for electric trains. So are killed in their attempts.

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People even steal the overline cables for electric trains. So are killed in their attempts.

Shame that doesn't happen more often.

In this case the copper is valued at ¥4.6 million but the cost to replace it will be a multitude of that.

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It gets worse when certain metals go in demand just hope they don't steal catalytic converter from cars. In the US it was a big problem you go out to start your car and it sounded like a diesel truck.

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Mr Kipling, you are suggesting copper wire thieves deserve to die?

That's pretty hardline, even by this website's commenters' low standards.

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stolen by a group of Cambodians who were arrested last August, Kyodo News reported.

Deport..

Deport..

Deport..

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This isn't the only company doing stuff like this and cutting corners, believe that.

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