Thousands worth of copper stolen from school construction site

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:46pm

WATSON, La (FOX44) — Parents in Watson are fuming after learning that a new school may not open on time. That's after thousands of dollars worth of copper and tools were stolen from the construction site.

Angela Hill's son is supposed to move into a brand new school in the fall. That's when Live Oak High School was slated to open.

"We are excited about the new school," she says. "It's going to be a good opportunity for the kids and it's a lot more space for them to space out and get a good education."

However, that was before thieves stole more than $100,000 worth of copper from the site.

"It's very frustrating because the community has rallied around the school to try and raise money and businesses have offered to sponsor the school and they've been really working hard to get the funds necessary to finish the school," Hill says. "It's just frustrating because it really affects the kids and hurts the kids all over the community."

Over the weekend, the thieves went onto the construction site and took all of the major copper wiring for the main classrooms and administration buildings.

"You come in here on Monday ready to take care of some things and then you have to stop your job progress and take inventory of the materials and find out what exactly they stole and repair the items that they destroyed," says project superintendent Bruce Bacon. He works with Woodrow Wilson Construction Company.

Now, Bacon sayas he doesn't how much this major theft will set him back.

"It keeps happening, but this one really hurts us," he says.

Parents are outraged. "It's diappointing to know that people would do that when we're working reall hard for this community."

Contractors are working to get back on track.

"We want to open the school for the kids and that's what we're working towards," Bacon says. "We're going to try and get it done for them. "

He says he hopes the people who did this, don't get away with it. "They need to be brought to just. They really do."

Bacon says the construction company will do everything it can to finish the school for the fall opening. If you know anything about this theft, call CrimeStoppers at 344-STOP.


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