Dozens of vans have been stolen in search of the metal. Once stolen, the van’s contents are stripped to take to the scrap metal yard. After the thieves stash the cash, they leave the van, often in the heart of Liberty City.The owner of Island Plumbing, Luis Bergouignan, has had seven of his vans stolen in the last few months. He said after the copper; they go for the tools and equipment.
“We’re losing about $10,000 worth of equipment. They are probably getting a thousand at most. It’s quick cash to them, whatever they can pick up for it, that’s what they get,” said Bergouignan.
Juan Reyes, another employee at Island Plumbing agreed.
“Bottom line -its people that feel that it’s easier to steal than go out and work for it
,” Reyes said. “It kills us, that’s the bottom line, it kills us.”