WA sheriff: copper wire theft costs business $100K

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Spokane County sheriff's office says an area business reports that a copper wire theft will cost it more than $100,000 in repairs and lost business.

Deputy Craig Chamberlin did not identify the business when he announced the theft Wednesday. Chamberlin says the owner estimated the cost of the wire itself at about $40,000.

The theft was discovered May 4. The business owner said the wire ran from a generator to a large piece of machinery. The wire was about 3 12 inches in diameter and several hundred feet were stolen.