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Thefts drive company out of their location

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

December 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - East Albany warehouse business is hit by copper thieves for the fourth time this year, and the business owners say they are giving up on the location because of crime.  

The Chickasha of Georgia cotton warehouse on East Broad Avenue had the high voltage copper wire from a power sub-station leading back to their  building stolen Monday night. Owners say thieves have cost them close to $300,000 in copper wiring theft and damages to the building in the four thefts this year.

Chickasha, based in Tifton, said they have done all they can to secure the old warehouse, now the crime has forced them to give up.

"It's been in operation and in our ginner family for over 50 years. To have to leave it because we can't protect it is very tough," said President Andy Borem.

He says Chickasha will continue to use the old warehouse for just storage. But they have no plans to restore the high voltage copper wiring to run blowers and coolers for the cotton seed.

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