Thousands of dollars worth of copper was stolen Friday, June 22, from Southwest Electric Cooperative in Bolivar, according to a news release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Rural Crimes Investigative Unit.

At about 2 a.m. June 22, two white men cut a fence and gained entry to a warehouse owned by Southwest Electric at 1023 S. Springfield Ave., Bolivar. They used a 2013 or newer long-bed, single-cab Dodge Ram work truck to hook up a 16- to 18-foot, black 2010 flatbed dovetail trailer. A red and black 2011 Polaris utility terrain vehicle was on the trailer.

The men loaded about $6,500 worth of copper on the trailer. The small wire reels weigh 25 pounds each and are No. 6 bare copper wire.

The trailer’s vehicle identification number is 4ZECH1826A1071664, and its Missouri license plate number is 24D1AT. The UTV’s VIN number is 4XARH50AXBB074630.

After the burglary, the men apparently traveled east through Halfway at about 3:45 a.m., heading toward Buffalo, according to Ted F. Zeugin, manager of member services and communications for Southwest Electric.

A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects.

Anyone who has information about the burglary is asked to call Detective Cpl. Crystal Rorie of the Bolivar Police Department at (417) 326-5298.

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