Colorado builders say job website lumber theft is ‘unprecedented’

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Co.- A group of home builders in Colorado says lumber theft from construction sites has reached unprecedented levels.

“Our explosion in site theft in the past few months has been unprecedented,” said Renee Zentz, CEO of the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association.

“We’ve always had thefts, but never to this extent or so audacity,” she continued.

The association has teamed up with the Pikes Peak Area Crimestoppers organization to bring the perpetrators to justice.

With timber prices hitting all-time highs, theft seems to be on the rise – and not just in Colorado. Beginning of May, a Texas man arrested for stealing a lot of wood more than $ 500 but less than $ 20,000.

In April, Tennessee’s Department of Agriculture warned landowners to secure their properties as wood thefts increase in the state.

On May 21, 144 sheets of plywood valued at over $ 10,000 were stolen from a construction site in Florida.

“Lumber theft can be financially devastating for a landowner,” said state forest manager David Arnold. “The value of the wood is not the only loss. In most cases, the thieves damage property and negatively impact conservation efforts and wildlife. We want Tennessee landowners to know what they can do to protect their property from theft or accidental harvest. “

The subject of rising wood prices is notorious. Prices soared more than 300 percent over the past year, adding more than $ 36,000 to the price of a new home.