Thieves disguised as construction workers have stripped $40,000 worth of copper pipes and aluminum from an old building in the Cascade neighborhood, according to Seattle police.
The thieves shut down power to the building, located at Fairview Avenue North and Thomas Street, and several other businesses around it, in order to steal fuses and wiring.
Detective Lora Alcantara, who is investigating the case, said the thieves are most likely reselling the stolen metal at scrapyards around the city.
Scrapyards typically limit what they will purchase at one time to $100, Alcantara said, but these theives may have obtained business licenses using fake identification in order to sell larger quantities of scrap metal.
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