Reynoldsburg police are investigating a string of thefts throughout the city involving copper materials being taken from homes.

Reynoldsburg police are investigating a string of thefts throughout the city involving copper materials being taken from homes.

Detective Mike Binder said since Dec. 8, there have been at least 17 such cases so far all in the city. He said thieves are targeting vacant houses, most of which have "for sale" signs posted. Once the thieves gain access, the steal copper pipes and wires, Binder said.

He said the most recent theft occurred on Monday, Jan. 17, in the 1000 block of Bergenia Drive.

"There have been a number of copper thefts throughout the central Ohio area in the past few years, but the recent cases in Reynoldsburg are new," Binder said. "We haven't had anything like this before. We might have had copper stolen in the past, but nothing where we've identified a significant pattern when they keep happening over a couple months' time span."

Binder advises homeowners and owners of homes for sale to be vigilant and to tell their neighbors to keep an eye out.

He encourages anyone who might suspect suspicious activity in their neighborhood to report it to police immediately by dialing 911, or if it is not an emergency, to call them at (614) 866-6622.

For more on this story, see the Jan. 27 edition of ThisWeek Reynoldsburg.