Bluffton community struck by copper thefts

rlurye@islandpacket.comDecember 17, 2013 

Copper lights have been disappearing from the lawns of a Bluffton gated community.

The thieves have struck at least seven yards in Palmetto Bluff, pulling up the lights from the ground and cutting their electrical wiring and cords, a security officer told the Bluffton Police Department. In all, about $6,800 worth of landscaping lights have been stolen.

Capt. Angela McCall-Tanner declined to say whether police have identified any suspects, citing the ongoing investigation.

The last theft was reported Wednesday. About $1,500 worth of outdoor lights were taken from a home on Pettigrew Plantation Road, according to a police report released Tuesday. The other thefts were on Gilded Street, Sunfire Drive, Old Palmetto Bluff Road, Nottingham Road and Trout Hole Road, where two thefts occurred, the reports said.

In an eighth incident, someone told police something might be missing from outside a house on Saltworks Road. But police have not been able to determine what is missing because the homeowner lives out of state, according to McCall-Tanner.

Courtney Hampson, regional marketing manager for Palmetto Bluff, said security officers turned their investigation over to police. She didn't know if there were cameras in the area that might have recorded the thefts and would not detail the community's effort to increase security.

"Whenever there's an issue, they're going to focus a little more closely in that area," Hampson said of security guards.

Map: Location of lawn light wiring thefts

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