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A new twist on copper theft

BY Brae Canlen

Copper shoplifting is on the rise at home improvement stores across the country, but in the Fort Meyers, Fla., area, thieves may have come up with a novel way to steal the valuable metal. According to a story in the Fort Myers News Press, two men have been arrested for repeatedly shoplifting items from a Lowe’s store in Cape Coral, Fla., returning the items for store credit and then purchasing copper tubing, which they would sell to a recycling yard.

Jason Sawicki, 29, and Eugene Weisensee, 25, both of Cape Coral, were arrested Aug. 1 by the Lee County Metal Theft Task Force, which had targeted both individuals plus the scrap shop, Allied Recycling, with which they had been doing business. Police said the pair had, on at least 14 occasions, sold copper tubes they purchased with funds gained through from shoplifting refunds.

Police were initially tipped off to the suspects after they sold more than 100 new, 10-in. copper tubes to the scrap shop. Officers followed Weisensee into the Cape Coral Lowe’s store and watched as he allegedly shoplifted an outlet tester and handed it off to Sawicki in the parking lot.

Sawicki then walked in, setting off the anti-theft alarm sensors, and returned the item for $9.39 in cash, according to the newspaper story.

When purchasing scrap metal, recycling shops are required to get the seller’s name, thumbprint, signature, photo and license plate number, but this has proven to be little deterrent to many thieves, particularly drug addicts, according to one scrap metal operator interviewed for the story.

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KB Home unveils “awesome” solar community

BY HBSDEALER Staff

KB Home has opened a new home community in Valencia, Calif., also known as "Awesometown." KB Home’s Milan at West Hills offers solar power systems as a standard feature with its new homes.

"In Southern California, Valencia is a desirable location that offers job opportunities and a host of amenities for its residents while still being a part of the greater Los Angeles area, and KB Home is excited to be opening its newest community here," said Steve Ruffner, president of KB Home’s Southern California division. "As part of an ongoing effort to help our home buyers reduce their monthly energy bills and cost of homeownership for years to come, we’re pleased to include solar power systems as a standard feature of the homes at Milan at West Hills."

Milan is KB Home’s ninth community in Southern California and its third in the Santa Clarita Valley that provides solar power as a standard home feature. The included solar power systems can also help qualify homeowners for a federal tax credit.

KB Home includes its Energy Performance Guide (EPG) in all of its homes. The EPG provides an estimate of monthly electric and/or gas costs for each home and information on the home’s energy efficiency compared with a typical new home or resale home.

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Apr-11-2012 09:46 am

Using solar power is a
Using solar power is a brilliant idea. Since the conventional energy sources are about to be depleted, it is wise to use alternative energy resources. Steps should be taken to make sure that this should take place immediately. I was looking for information on Natural gas investments when I found your post.

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Delta builds on “Made in USA” model

BY HBSDealer Staff

On Aug. 2, Delta Power Equipment Corporation announced that 300 Made in the USA Unisaw Cabinet Saws have been produced and shipped from their new location in Anderson, S.C.

The Anderson facility has also completed production runs of Biesemeyer and Delta products, including woodworking accessories, radial arm saws and line-boring machines.

“I hope this news will put to rest anyone thinking we were moving overseas,” said Bryan Whiffen, president and CEO of Delta. “We believe strongly in the Delta ‘Made in the USA’ tradition, and are working hard to continue that tradition."

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