Copper Thieves Cost Colorado Springs $100,000 a Year

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Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) Colorado Springs officials say they're spending about $100,000 a year to replace copper components stolen from sprinkler systems and lights in city parks.

Kurt schroeder, who manages parks, trails and open space for the city, says the money could pay for as many as three new parks.

The high price of copper has attracted thieves to the wiring in light poles and to sprinkler heads in cities across the country.

Schroeder says the city has begun welding the access doors closed on light poles and replacing wiring with less expensive aluminum.

His agency has a $9 million budget.