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Thief breaks into prison to steal copper

SALISBURY, NC (AP) — Police in Salisbury are looking for the rare thief who’s apparently eager to go to prison.

The Salisbury Post reports that someone broke into the Piedmont Correctional Institution, stole copper from an air conditioning unit and escaped.

The theft was discovered Monday morning. Salisbury Police Capt. Sheila Lingle says no arrests have been made.

Investigators think the thief climbed a fence at the minimum-security prison and dismantled the air conditioner, which is valued at $3,000.

The theft was discovered after authorities found pieces of insulation on both sides of the fence. There’s no security camera footage showing that section of fence when the break-in likely took place.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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