This sort of thing really happens?.
Are you asking about the 'scrapping' of items?
You bet, some things I heard that have gotten scarped that should not have been.
Aluminum street light poles, chopped down like trees.
All the copper pipes from unattended buildings.
An entire aluminum concert stage stolen and scrapped while still on the truck.
I was watching "Cops" on TV and they found a hole in the side of a building along with a water trail. They followed the water trail right to a guy with still hot and dripping water heater in a shopping cart.
Right now I can get about a $1.00 a pound for copper, it adds up fast.
[This message has been edited by iwire (edited 11-30-2004).]