Police: Thief breaks into prison, steals copper and escapes
SALISBURY — A thief pulled a fast one on the Department of Corrections Sunday night after police said someone broke into a minimum-security prison, stole copper and escaped.
Salisbury Police are investigating the incident, Capt. Shelia Lingle said, but no one has been arrested.
Authorities believe someone climbed a fence at 3750 South Main Street at the Piedmont Correctional Institution and “dismantled an A/C unit and stole the copper out of it,” the incident report said.
Officers said they found insulation on both sides of the fence. The air conditioning unit was valued at $3,000.
The incident was found Monday morning about 8:15 a.m. The area of the fence line does not have security camera footage.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.