Neighbors warn of thieves stealing copper gutters at night

INDIANAPOLIS - Residents who live in the historic Meridian-Kessler neighborhood are on alert after metal thieves have stolen copper gutters and downspouts from the area.

Stealing copper and other so-called precious metals isn't new or unique, but the thefts in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood come with a twist.

The crimes are occurring at night when the homeowners are asleep in their beds.

Rosie Spinnock said she got a call at 1 a.m. from a neighbor who reported seeing a man just outside her home. He had a hacksaw in his hand and was cutting the copper downspouts away from the house.

Spinnock said it was the second time that thieves have stolen the downspout from her residence.

Another victim in the neighborhood said it has happened to them twice so far this year. In some cases, the thieves are using ladders to get the gutters too.

"It's pretty freaky because if they have a hacksaw, you don't really know if they have any other weapons. It's really scary," Spinnock said.

The price of scrap copper currently trades at $2.40 per pound. 

Police have not made any arrests and they currently have no suspects.

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