Although stealing a $3,000 roll of copper is pretty bush league. Last century the W.O.R.M. took a job at Brookhaven National Labs, shortly after a copper theft. A huge, super-heavy-grade roll of copper supposedly worth ~$250,000. Those reels were gigantic–like eight feet high–and I don’t know how many tons they weighed. I think they were for the RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider). When operating it consumes more electricity than any New York operation apart from the Long Island Railroad.
But here’s the thing. Where do you sell something like that? It can’t be employed as is. And when melted down it loses nine-tenths or 19/20ths of its current value. Profiting from the crime requires perverse transubstantiation–converting the wonderous into the mundane.
Statists as copper thieves. Yep. Really good analogy there.