Around 6,000 pounds of copper has been stolen from a Roanoke plumbing warehouse.
The robbery was reported around 7 a.m. Monday at Ferguson Enterprises, which is on the 3800 block of Blue Ridge Drive, off of Peters Creek Road.
"It's pretty shocking," said branch manager Greg Sadler. "We are kinda isolated back here, but its shocking to know someone would come in and be able to 1 take the side off of our building without the alarm going off."
Sadler said they believe the men walked behind the warehouse, cut the fence and walked onto the property. It then took less than 20 minutes to load up the copper and leave."
You can see where they pulled back the siding of the warehouse to get inside. Just a few feet away is the hole they cut to get the copper out and escape.
"It sounds like they were pretty organized, pretty detailed," said Sadler.
Survelliance cameras at the Sheetz gas station on West Main Street in Salem caught the men making a pit stop before hitting the road to North Carolina.
Detectives say they used a stolen Southern Air truck from Lynchburg to transport the copper.
"They're either very good or very lucky," he said. "I think they were very well coached. I think when they stole the truck in Lynchburg they came right here. They didn't make anymore stops."
Sadler said they've never had a problem of this magnitude, but he's hoping someone saw something somewhere and will speak up.
"We don't' anticipate getting the copper back," he said. "It's probably long gone, but we would like to prevent this from happening to us or someone else."
The estimated value of the 6,000 pounds of stolen copper is $25,000.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540-344-8500.
Here is the news release from Roanoke police:
On March 31, 2014 at 6:57 a.m. Roanoke Police responded to the 3800 block of Blue Ridge Drive, Ferguson Enterprises, to investigate a breaking and
entering at the business. The suspects removed approximately 6,000 pounds of copper. Investigators processed physical evidence at the scene and
reviewed video security footage from neighboring businesses in order to establish a pair of suspect vehicles, a box truck and a silver SUV. The
box truck, belonging to Southern Air in Lynchburg, was recovered later on that same day in Mooresville, North Carolina. Pictures of the four suspects, as well as the silver SUV, and stolen box truck are attached.
The pictures are from security footage provided by the Sheetz in Salem.
Anyone with information can call the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540-344-8500.