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Published September 23, 2013, 09:24 AM

Dakota Supply Group ups their security after copper stolen

Grand Forks, ND - After getting more than $200,000 worth of copper stolen, Dakota Supply Group employees say they're beefing up security in all of their stores.

After getting more than $200,000 worth of copper stolen, Dakota Supply Group employees say they're beefing up security in all of their stores.

In March, about $125,000 worth of copper was stolen from the Grand Forks Dakota Supply store. Then, the Fargo branch was hit in April.

John Rosell- Warehouse Manager: “I think Fargo was about $150,000.”

Soon after, Luis Perez Jr. of Moorhead, Elvis Hasimovic and Sabastijan Tahirovic, both of Fargo were arrested for the thefts.

Rosell: They had a rental vehicle, and they were at a gas station and somebody noticed the wire hanging out of the back.

Before the thefts, Grand Forks store employee Tanner Trosen says they were an open door for criminals.

Tanner Trosen- Dakota Supply Group Employee: “We might as well have put a sign out front saying free copper.”

It’s a different story now.

Trosen: We made sure to get security systems in all the branches.

About 25 Dakota Supply Group's in several states now have security cameras and alarm systems.

Rosell: We have outside cameras that cover all angles of the building, all approaches. We also have internal security. We have bigger, better locks.

Warehouse Manager John Rosell estimates at least $5,000 being invested in each store since the thefts.

Rosell: You just never expect it to happen, and then once it happens it opens your eyes.

Trosen: This is an employee owned company, so it doesn't just affect the company, it affects every one of us that works here.

Employees with the Grand Forks store say they haven't had any theft problems since the security system was installed.

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