Copper Thieves Hitting South Alabama Farms

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- Copper thefts are becoming a growing problem for Alabama farmers.
Southeast Alabama farmer Trey Martin said someone stole the copper wiring from his irrigation system about two weeks ago. The copper wire was worth $50, but the damages to the irrigation system totaled $10,000. Coffee County farmer Jim Lewey suffered a similar loss about a month ago. He said knocking out a farmer's irrigation system in the summer could have a critical impact on his crops.
The Dothan Eagle ( ) reports that copper thefts from farms have become such a problem that Alfa Insurance is offering a reward. It's $10,000 for information leading to a conviction of anyone involved with copper or metal theft from irrigation equipment, chicken houses or other equipment covered by an Alfa policy.

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