Why would people steal train tracks?



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    Maybe you can sell the metal as scrap? Like how people steal and sell copper pipes? Just a thought.

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    It seems that there has been a rash of these types of crimes across the U.S. in recent months, and sfincher is right, it’s for selling the metal as scrap.  There are copper wires in the tracks, and this is most likely what the thieves are after.  Copper can be sold for fairly good rates as scrap.

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    Its apparent that thieves often steal these large sections of rail road metal for the purpose of scap. In the last few years the price of Iron ore (what rail road steal is made of) fetches a good price. That being said each  8 foot section of rail weighs roughly 900 pounds and at 170.88 per metric ton as of last month thats a fortune for anyone willing to go through the trouble.
     This is a link showing Iron ore prices: http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=iron-ore
    Another pro for the people stealing these large hunks of metal is that there miles and miles of this track that lay unwatched and go far up into mountains where civilization will never see it.
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    Metal prices are increasing, and railroad tracks are often unsupervised, allowing theives extract metal without consequence.

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