Published: Aug 04, 2011 10:58 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 04, 2011 9:58 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Thieves target the demolition site of a former Cape Coral school, stealing nearly $21,000 worth of metal. The copper wiring was reported stolen from what used to be the Alternative Learning Center on Del Prado Boulevard.

The Metal Theft Task Force is on top of this one and they say they may be close to bringing those responsible for this crime in to face justice.

An arrest in a case where it seems the copper culprits may have come back to the same site to strike again.

According to police, someone stole $3,000 worth of electrical wire at this demolition site last Friday. Sawing though conduit to get to the wire, a potentially deadly thing to do according to Karen Ryan of L.C.E.C.

"You never know when the wires might be energized. In this particular situation they were de energized but if they werent it would have been 25,000 volts of electricity," Ryan said.

Cape police believe the thieves came back on Tuesday and stole $18,000 more in discarded wiring. A problem that continues to grow in our area, but there is no end in sight for these types of crime.

A district spokesperson says the copper would have been scrapped with proceeds going back to the district.