A copper thief could be on the loose in Tararua.
Police are hunting the person or persons responsible for the theft of copper spouting from Pahiatua and Woodville schools during the past two weekends.
Sergeant Jymahl Glassey said the latest theft was at Pahiatua School at the weekend, when about 20 metres of copper spouting was stolen.
"They'd been there some time; quite a bit was taken," Mr Glassey said.
He said it was highly likely that the two copper thefts were linked.
There had been no attempt to gain entry into either of the school buildings, or to take anything else, he said.
The copper was quite expensive and the schools would have to cover the costs of replacing it.
"Obviously it has got a higher value than scrap steel," Mr Glassey said.
Neither school had any CCTV equipment, so police were looking to speak to witnesses.
Anyone with information on the thefts can contact Mr Glassey at the Pahiatua police station on (06)3760130 or Constable Chris Wakelin at the Woodville police station on (06) 376 1050.
- Manawatu Standard
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