Thief makes off with hundreds of pounds of copper wiring stolen from family-owned business

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A thief was caught on camera pushing 700 pounds of stolen copper wiring in a large bin down the street. It happened at Superior Linen Supply at 30th and Cherry.

The owner told FOX 4’s Katie Banks this isn't the first time that thieves have targeted the family-owned business.

“It`s really sad, but it`s not surprising that the people have been stealing scrap in this region for a long time,” said owner Bill Kartsonis.

His laundry operation has been in business for more than a century.

“You`re proud of what you do and you hand it down to the next generation,” he said.

When reviewing the surveillance, he noted that the thief hid in the bin.

“He tucked it inside the inlet next to our receiving dock bay,” Kartsonis said.

The thief then waited for his accomplice and getaway car.

“Here they`re still loading the car, it wouldn`t all fit in the trunk,” Kartsonis said.

Kartsonis believes the two people seen walking nearby worked for him, making him think the thieves had inside help to make off with more than $1,000 worth of copper.

“That`s money we don`t have to continue to expand the business or to extend wages to our hardworking people. Money doesn`t grow on trees,” he said. “And we work really hard and we plow those resources back in, those are resources that are just stolen from the community.”

It’s not the first time the business has suffered a burglary.

“Sadly it`s just more of the same,” Kartsonis said.

Without any arrests, he doesn’t think this will be the last time it happens.

“There`s very little punishment, whether it`s a businessman or the people who live in the neighborhood, there`s not enough jail cells and enough time being spent, there`s no penalty for these people,” Kartsonis said.