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Employee curtails sale of allegedly stolen copper
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Employee curtails sale of allegedly stolen copper

Police said two men are suspected of attempting to sell copper pipe stolen from an east side construction site.

The Madison Police Department said a Thomas King, 51, of DeForest, and a Rodney Wipperfurth, 39, of Fitchburg, were at Alter Metal Recycling on Sycamore Avenue Tuesday morning trying to sell copper.

Staff at Alter Metal Recycling and other local metal recycling companies had been alerted by Hooper Corp. after $1,500 worth of copper pipe was stolen last week from a construction site in the 4600 block of Eastpark Boulevard, according to the report. The pipe had identifying marks that matched those on the metal the two men were selling.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said an AMR employee called police at 9 a.m. and officers arrested the two men on parole violations.

"Detectives are looking at tentatively charging (the two men) with receiving stolen property and possibly burglary," DeSpain said.

A Hooper Corp. employee estimated that $10,000 worth of copper pipe has been stolen in recent months from the Eastpark Boulevard construction site.

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