ASARCO issues $50,000 reward for stolen copper info

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By Mila Besich-Lira

Manuel Ramos the Chief Operating Officer of ASARCO LLC has announced that the company is offering a $50,000 cash reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and convictions of the person(s) who were involved with the theft of the copper anodes.

To date the Arizona Department of Public Safety has recovered $2,000,000 worth of the copper that was stolen from the ASARCO Hayden Facility. The copper was tracked to a ranch in Tucson where it was then shipped to a scrap metal dealer in Upland California.

The scrap metal dealer was then sending it to Hong Kong via the ship. With the help of customs and border protection agents the ship was turned around and the copper has been returned to America. ASARCO commended the ongoing efforts of the DPS in a recently submitted press release.

Investigators expect to indict at least 12 people involved in the theft. Those who have information on the theft are urged to contact 520-306-1188. Information can be given anonymously however the notice of the reward explains that ASARCO may not be able to maintain the anonymity of informant.

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