$90,000 in 'recyclables' stolen from former Laurel Mall construction site

Approximately $90,000 worth of "recyclable material" and equipment was stolen from three Dumpsters inside the construction site for the Towne Centre at Laurel over the weekend.

According to Laurel city spokesman Pete Piringer, police believe a group of thieves gained entry to the construction site by cutting the lock on the fence sometime in the afternoon on Sunday, Jan. 13.

In addition to stealing the Dumpsters and their contents, which were believed to have contained scrap metal from the building's roof, several large air conditioning units, containing large amounts of copper wire and previously on the building's roof, were also stolen, Piringer said.

Piringer said, in a separate incident, a roll of copper wire was stolen from the site late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Matt Mittenthal, vice president and assistant director of asset management at Greenberg Gibbons Co., said the company has had issues with thefts like these in the past.

"With the price of metals  elevated over the last few years, it's something we have to keep an eye out for," Mittenthal said.

Mittenthal said the company employs security patrols around the site, but would not reveal specifics. He said the company was alerted of the incident Monday morning by the general contractor. 

Piringer said investigators are using footage from nearby security cameras to identify suspects, and that Laurel Police are actively seeking tips from the community. Anyone with information can call 301-498-0092 or 301-498-7654.


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