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DERRY, Pa. (AP) — State police say they're investigating the theft of about $10,000 worth of heavy industrial copper wire from a shuttered industrial tool-making plant in western Pennsylvania.

Troopers from Greensburg announced Friday that someone broke into the Kennametal Inc. plant in Derry Township about a week ago. The plant is about 45 miles east of Pittsburgh and has not been used for about two years.

Police say the thieves were sophisticated enough to cut power to the plant by closing switches at an Allegheny Power substation next to the plant.

The thieves then took about 3,000 feet of the cable from conduit in the plant.

Police estimated the value of the wire based upon what it will sell for scrap. No suspects have been named or charged.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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