RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Thousands of pounds of copper wire were stolen from a University of Nevada construction site Saturday.
University Police Commander Todd Renwick says to anyone who might have seen the crime in progress it probably just looked like construction business as usual.
"We're looking at about a 22 thousand dollar loss," Renwick said.
That's how much the copper wire stolen from the graduate housing construction site off of Evans Avenue is worth.
"Each one of these spools were anywhere from 2500 to 3500 pounds," Renwick said.
Spools like the ones stolen can be several feet wide and several feet high, so Renwick said the thief or thieves probably used a forklift.
"I don't think a human, or several humans, could just pick it up and plop it down on a truck bed," he said.
They'd also likely need a commercial truck to move it.
"I highly doubt that these spools are just going to even fit into a normal pick up, even a pickup with a flat bed," Renwick said.
There is a camera pointing at the construction site but it's used for still photos, not surveillance video. So police are looking at neighbors' footage.
"We're still reviewing surveillance from all along Evans and around the university," Renwick said.
They're also looking for help from the public.
"If somebody did notice construction workers or notice something unusual in that construction area sometime from 5 p.m. on we'd like to hear from them," Renwick said.
Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. If you know anything about the crime or a suspect, you can call 775-322-4900 anonymously 24-hours a day.