Police Highlight Poison Danger in Copper Theft | Crime
Henderson Police officials are using a near-miss story about poison gas and copper theft to highlight what they say is a danger of the crime.
Thieves who stole more than 500 feet of copper pipe from a cold storage facility nearly cut a pipe containing ammonia gas used for refrigeration.
Henderson Police were called to Americold storage at 830 E. Horizon Drive near Boulder Highway Tuesday afternoon after workers discovered thieves climbed onto the roof and stole 500 to 700 feet of copper pipe.
“The thieves were very lucky they didn’t cut the wrong pipe or they likely would have died from the ammonia gas,” Henderson Police Capt. Dane Mattoon said.
The theft likely occurred late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. It’s not known if the thieves specifically avoided pipes that contained the poisonous gas.
No arrests have been made in copper theft at the warehouse.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at (702) 267-4750 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips directly leading to an arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.