Copper wire and pipes were stolen from the Kroger construction site at the future Shelter Cove Towne Centre this week, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. The theft and resulting damage totaled $62,000, a Sheriff's Office report said.
Between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, thieves removed 10 to 15 spools of copper wire and an unknown number of copper wire and pipes that had already been installed, the report said.
The investigation continues, and no arrests have been made, Master Sgt. Mike Riley said Friday.
John Arnold, site project manager, declined to say Friday whether construction would be delayed.
Work on the centre is expected to be completed by mid-February.
The 42-acre outdoor mall is at the site of the former Mall at Shelter Cove. In addition to the Kroger, the mall will include several single-story shops, cafes and restaurants, and the existing Belk department store.