Victim warns of copper theft

A Lafayette man is warning other after a home was stripped of copper.
A Lafayette man is warning other after a home was stripped of copper.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Lafayette home was broken into and stripped for copper just a day before new homeowners were scheduled to close on it.

Norm Kemper, the current owner of the house on Everett Street, said the back door was broken into within the last week. When he went to check on the home Thursday, he found running water in the basement. He said copper pipes were missing. He also noticed that copper from the outdoor air conditioning unit had been stolen. He called police and filed a report.

Kemper said he doesn’t know what this means now for the buyers who were looking forward to moving into the home. But it means he’s out about $1,500 and estimates that only $30 worth of copper was taken.

“I’m somewhat alarmed and disappointed, but I will keep going. I know these are crooks and I cannot allow crooks stopping me from living my life the way I want it,” said Kemper.

Lafayette police shift commanders confirmed that the department took a report at the home. They said copper thefts are not something the department has been dealing with lately. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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