HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Hagerstown fire marshal says scrap-metal thieves are targeting brass fittings on fire-extinguisher systems inside commercial buildings.
Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven told The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown on Tuesday that authorities have made an arrest in one such case.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: Fueled By The Delta Variant, COVID Cases Rise Again Monday As Positivity Rate Climbs Over 2%
He says brass valves were stolen from a fire-extinguishing system in a parking garage. Thieves are targeting metals such as brass and copper to sell to scrap metal dealers at historically high prices.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Gov. Larry Hogan To Issue Maryland Paralympian Becca Meyers A Governor's Citation At 11 a.m. Press Conference
DeHaven says such systems enable firefighters to connect to a water source on a building’s upper floor rather than dragging water hoses up flights of stairs.MORE NEWS: Police Investigating After 34-Year-Old Man Shot In SW Baltimore
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