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DeKalb police using chopper to find copper thieves

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -

A recent rash of copper thefts at DeKalb County Schools have led DeKalb County Police to a different approach in looking for the thieves. DeKalb County Police are using their chopper, equipped with infrared imaging and night vision, to try and catch those responsible.

"If they are working on top of a rooftop we can be a mile away," said Sgt. Jeff Wiggs with the Aerial Support Unit. "We can be watching them and they would have no idea."

The Aerial Support Unit conducts daily patrols, responding to anything from burglaries to missing children. Sgt. Wiggs says they are paying closer attention to schools during their nightly patrols.

According to school officials, the thieves have targeted more than a dozen schools costing the school district more than $800,000 in repairs.

DeKalb County Police say they have not made any arrests in connection to the school copper thefts.

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