Thieves targeting under-construction Va. jail

Thieves targeting under-construction Va. Jail
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(CBS/AP) MADISON HEIGHTS, Va. - Thieves are targeting a regional jail that is under construction in Virginia.

The News & Advance reports that copper wire, plumbing fixtures, tools and other items have been stolen from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail site in Madison Heights four times since late January.

The most recent theft occurred April 1.

Wayne Wood with contractor HITT says the thefts are slowing the project's completion. The contract calls for the jail to be finished in November.

Wood says he would like to see a bigger police presence near the site.

Jail authority administrator Elton Blackstock says he's not responsible for security at the site until the jail is ready to open.