Workers for a roofing company have been stealing copper building materials from the RiverDogs’ baseball stadium, according to a manager with the company.
According to a police report filed with the Charleston Police Department, Harry Oliver, the project manager for renovations occurring at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, discovered last week that 60 copper lightning rods (measuring 12 to 14 inches) and 200 feet of woven copper cable were missing from the site. Workers employed by Coastal Roofing Co., Inc., have been working there since March, and Oliver says the copper items had been removed from the existing structure and set aside on top of a roof for reuse. The total estimated value of the building materials is about $5,000.
After contacting Charleston Steel & Metal Co. and learning that several of his workers had sold the stolen items, Oliver confronted a worker about it. The worker told him that workers would put the cable and the rods in trash bags near the woodline and retrieve them after Oliver left the work site for the day. Oliver told police he was not sure which workers were involved but that he was working on establishing a list.