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4200 feet of copper wire stolen off irrigation equipment

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Thieves stripped nearly a mile of copper wire from a south Georgia farmer's irrigation equipment.

Mark Gwines says more than 4200 feet of copper wire from several irrigation systems has been stolen in the last two months. Gwines said he last checked the systems in November. He estimated that it would cost more than 20 thousand dollars to repair his equipment. Police say they fear more South Georgia farmers will find their systems stripped by copper thieves when they check them after idle winter months.

Dougherty County Police Captain Jimmy Sexton said  "They probably need to go out and check them."

Dougherty County Police are investigating if several men arrested for copper wire theft in September may have also hit Gwines equipment, and he is just now discovering the theft.

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