Farmers fight back against copper wire thieves

GRIFFIN, Ind. (AP) - Indiana farmers who've been hit hard by copper thieves are teaming up to offer a reward for information leading to the vandals' arrest.

Farmers in Posey and Gibson counties pooled their resources after being targeted by thieves who have stripped copper wire off irrigation systems.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports about 18 irrigation systems in southwestern Indiana have been affected. The total damage is nearly $250,000.

The copper wire can sell for up to $500 at a scrap yard.  But Jim Rink of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance says replacing the wire costs the farmers and insurers $10,000 for a single system.

The farmers also plan to install alarms on the irrigation systems that will send a cell phone notification to farmers and law enforcement.

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