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Posted: Friday, June 3, 2011 9:34 am

Peoria police are dealing with a trend they have dubbed “urban mining.”

Police said Thursday thieves are resorting to extreme measures to obtain metal throughout the city and that involves crooks stealing air-conditioning units and copper wiring and plumbing from vacant homes or strip malls.

Over the past six weeks, police said they have taken more than 30 reports (44 air-conditioning units stolen).

According to authorities, some of the indicators of this type of illegal activity are:

• Seeing workers removing plumbing, ripping out wiring, taking more out of a home than taking in. 

• People working late at night or early morning on vacant homes.

• Electrical wiring is not normally gutted from a home.

• Thieves may have a work truck or van without a business name on the side.

• No Dumpster outside for trash, carpeting, cabinets for the remodel.

Police ask those who see suspicious activity to call 623-773-8311.

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