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Thieves raid hotel for copper after fire


EDMOND, Okla. — When fire raced through the Stratford House Inns earlier this year, the owner never imagined things could get any worse. They did.

What wasn’t taken by flames, was stolen by thieves. 

They penetrated the security fence and raided the AC units and hotel room walls of valuable copper wire.

That’s not all.

Thieves raid hotel after fire

Thieves raid hotel after fire

According to the police report, the criminals also swiped a 50 inch plasma TV, a desktop computer and miscellaneous pillow cases.

All of this happened just a few yards away from Edmond’s busiest street. 

Thieves raid hotel after fire

Thieves raid hotel after fire

Edmond Police Spokesperson Jenney Monroe said, “They were bold. Almost every room had copper taken out of the walls. They took the pillow cases to stuff the wiring inside and that’s how they carried it out.”   

The intruders may have been shielded from traffic but there’s a good chance they were spotted.

Thieves raid hotel after fire

Thieves raid hotel after fire

Mike Kline manages a neighboring business and recently installed security cameras after recent break-ins behind his auto shop. 

Kline said, “They cover from that corner to the street.  So if something happened, you should be able to see it.”

Edmond detectives are reviewing that tape and the Stratford owner is beefing up security. 

Thieves raid hotel after fire

Thieves raid hotel after fire