Conduit Valued at $3,000 Stolen in Upper Hanover

UPPER HANOVER PA – A 16-foot length of conduit, valued at $3,000, was stolen by unknown actors from a construction site near the intersection of Quakertown Avenue and Northgate Boulevard in Upper Hanover Township (at top), according to a public information release distributed Wednesday (Nov. 17, 2021) by Pennsylvania State Police at the Troop K Barracks in Skippack.

Troopers said the theft was reported Tuesday (Nov. 16) at 7:27 a.m. by representatives of Barwis Construction LLC, a Berks County firm working at the site. Northgate Boulevard is an entrance to the Northgate housing community, portions of which continue to have homes under construction.

The incident is under investigation.

Theft of pipes, tubing, and wiring, particularly those containing copper, has risen in recent years due to the increasing value of specific metals, according to a mutual insurance company report. Thefts from construction sites, abandoned buildings, and commercial heating and air conditioning units have been the biggest targets, it stated, with losses estimated nationwide by the U.S. Department of Energy at more than $1 billion annually.

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