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Copper thefts in Puglia threatened local economy, say police

Seven arrested, another 11 sought

Copper thefts in Puglia threatened local economy, say police

Foggia, June 10 - Police seized more than 40 tonnes of copper cables and arrested seven people Monday on charges ranging from possession of stolen goods to money laundering after an investigation into thefts that threatened to cripple a regional economy. Several of those arrested are relatives of each other and police say they continue to search for 11 others, including an accountant. The copper cables were stolen in the province of Foggia, part of the southern Italian region of Puglia. Police say what made the investigation especially important is the fact that the cables - worth about 200,000 euros - are used in infrastructure crucial to the regional economy.

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