- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County police say they’re partnering with county schools officials to fight copper thefts from school buildings.

Police said in a statement thieves that have targeted 16 buildings have cost the district about $800,000 in damage this year and police are planning to announce a details of a strategy to deal with the crimes on Tuesday at Stephenson Middle School in Stone Mountain.

Officials said in a release the plan will include a burglary suppression unit and support from a police helicopter that’s equipped with infrared imaging and night vision.

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