According to police, thieves are using flatbed trucks to carry timber away from home construction sites. Some suspects are believed to be involved in construction work throughout Fort Worth and northern Texas.
Detectives believe that other suspects work for contractors such as roofers, painters, bricklayers, and other jobs.
In June alone, the PulteGroup site in northern Texas was damaged by more than $ 100,000, according to Fort Worth police. In Parker County The thief took about $ 50,000 worth of timber and building materials from the construction site this summer.
Timber and other building material thefts have increased significantly in recent weeks in Fort Worth and other northern Texas counties as timber prices have risen during the COVID pandemic. Police did not disclose the total number of theft cases.
And the thief has recently continued to attack the Fort Worth site. Five theft reports were filed with Fort Worth police on Wednesday, but those cases had not yet been assigned to detectives.
“Several suspects have been identified. Arrest warrants will be filed within a few weeks,” police spokesman Fort Worth police officer Jimmy Porosani said in an email. “Our detectives are working to identify (more) suspects.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the shortage of timber supply responded to rising demand and pushed timber prices to historic levels.Futures price Over $ 1,600 chips per 1,000 board feet According to the National Association of Home Builders, in May, a surge of more than 300% from April 2020.
But Since then, prices have been steadily declining, It fell more than 50% in early July to just under $ 800 per board foot. But they are still higher than before the pandemic.
At Fort Worth, police are encouraging builders to install security cameras on construction sites to prevent theft.
In Parker County, four suspects were arrested in connection with the theft of timber and building materials during the summer.
Parker County Sheriff Las Otier said the arrest led to the resolution of five theft cases in North Texas.
A security video caught a suspect entering Morningstar’s home addition, took an item from a construction site, and loaded it into a truck before escaping the area.