Thieves steal copper pipes, avoid pipes with poisonous gas
The Henderson Police Department said thieves stole more than 500 feet of copper pipe from a cold storage facility. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- The Henderson Police Department said thieves stole more than 500 feet of copper pipe from a cold storage facility, and they came close to cutting dangerous pipes.
Officers were called to Americold Storage at 830 East Horizon Drive, near Boulder Highway Tuesday afternoon. Workers had discovered thieves climbed up on the roof and stole 500-700 feet of copper pipe.
However, they did not tamper with other insulated pipes at the business, which contain ammonia gas used for refrigeration at the temperature-controlled warehouse.
"The thieves were very lucky they didn't cut the wrong pipe or they likely would have died from the ammonia gas," said Henderson Police Capt. Dan Mattoon. "Copper theft remains an issue not only in our community but throughout the entire country."
The theft likely occurred late Monday night or early Tuesday morning when the thieves climbed up onto the roof to steal the copper.
It's unknown if the thieves specifically avoided pipes that contained the poisonous ammonia gas.
Anyone will information on this case is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at (702) 267-4750.