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Profitable wire thefts again plague northern Okinawa

Date Posted: 2007-07-12

Thieves are back again, stealing copper wire and iron products from farms, playgrounds and roadways in northern Okinawa.

Officials say the area around Nakajin Village is feeling the impact of the renewed series of thefts, as electrical wires used to light flower growing fields are disappearing. Without the lights, flowers do not grow and mature, costing growers profits. JA Okinawa’s Northern Farm Center says “there are a lot of things being stolen, but many haven’t been reporting to us. Without the lights, flowers aren’t growing fast, and can’t be sold.” JA says copper wire and iron thefts are also increasing, with damages coming not only in the Nakajin Village area, but across much of the northern reaches of the island. It says theft damages are much higher already this year, compared with 2006.

High prices being offered for scrap metal make copper and iron quite valuable. Thieves are stripping playground equipment such as slides and chutes, roadside poles, and electric wire wherever they can find it.

Yukito Yonamine, Nakajin Village Mayor, says “we can’t forgive who is doing this bad thing,” asking for more help from authorities. Northern area police promise to patrol more strictly, and be on the lookout for illegal activities.

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