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$80K in steel pipes stolen from Hampden Township construction site

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police in Cumberland County said about 10,000 pounds of steel was stolen from a construction site in Hampden Township this past weekend.

It's not just a significant theft in terms of what was stolen, but also because the theft could hold up a major sewer line replacement project.

The project has been going on for months in Hampden Township. After months of working seven days in a row, Larry Mekic said his crew showed up at their site off Trindle Road to find a pretty disappointing sight.

"We finally get a weekend off and we come back to this," he said.

About 80 steel pipes worth about $80,000 were stolen. The pipes are used to secure underground forms that keep construction workers safe while they are installing sewer lines.

Since the pipes were stolen, work will be at a standstill until they are replaced. The foreman of the project said he won't allow his men to work without the safety devices in place.

Unfortunately, this type of theft is becoming a trend.  Mekic said often thieves will scrap the metal for cash.

"Anybody in the area has pieces of steel laying around, they pick them up, load them up quickly, and get out before anyone sees," he said.

A township official said they are hopeful this will not put too long a delay on the project. He was still optimistic that it would be complete by late winter or early spring.

Anyone with more information on the theft is urged to call Hampden Township police at 717-761-2609.

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