Copper thieves strip wire from boat for sale at St. Vincent de Paul

Copper thieves strip wire from boat for sale at St. Vincent de Paul »Play Video

EUGENE, Ore. -- Copper thieves stripped wire from a boat that a Eugene Man bought from St. Vincent de Paul on Highway 99.


Virgil Sanders saw the copper lines had been cut and asked St. Vincent’s to reduce the price $1595 to around $1000.


He says the thieves probably made only about $20 from the amount of copper they stole.


“It's just you know the fact people are stealing from them and they're trying to do good stuff,” Sanders said.


Charley Harvey, an official with the non-profit, said copper theft isn't new to their stores.


Just last year, someone broke into their social service office and stole copper pipes leading to a refrigerating unit.


“For like $50 worth of copper, it cost $6-7,000 to restore the walk-in cooler,” Harvey said.


Saunders said he’s furious someone would steal from St. Vinny's.


“It's just you know the fact people are stealing from them and they're trying to do good stuff,” said Saunders.