One case of stolen copper wire was solved Thursday while another was just getting under way.
Salt Lake City police arrested eight people and recovered $15,000 worth of copper wire Thursday thanks to a tip from a citizen.
Investigators received a tip of suspicious activity at a house near 1200 West and 500 South, said Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Bedard. Responding officers noticed a large amount of stripped copper wire in the back yard, he said.
That sparked a further investigation that led to the arrests of six adults and two juveniles, all for investigation of second-degree felony possession of stolen property.
The wire was believed to have been stolen from Rocky Mountain Power in the Park City area, Bedard said.
While that case was being wrapped up, KSL TV reported several thousand dollars worth of copper piping, copper wiring and tools was stolen from the construction sight of the new LDS temple in South Jordan. Workers say it's at least the third time they've been hit.
Copper thefts have been high the past few years across Utah because of the high price of copper. Thieves steal copper products and sell them to scrap metal yards for quick money.