Thieves are striking homes in Colleyville neighborhoods, prying metal street number plates from mailboxes.“The first report was Feb. 14 in Highland Meadows and Ross Downs,” said Police Capt. Robert Hinton. “We think there were more than 50 offenses, but only 42 were reported.”Since then, the total has risen to more than 70, with the most recent around 9 p.m. April 2 when five plates were stolen in the Laurel Oaks neighborhood, Hinton said.Colleyville investigators have contacted other area law enforcement agencies and found that similar thefts are happening in Arlington and Plano.The inset plates are typically 6-by-9 or 10 inches and many are made from brass, Hinton said.Pure brass was selling for $2.01 per pound Friday, said Diann Yanez, office manager for Gachman Metals & Recycling in Fort Worth.However, the thieves likely have been cutting the plates into pieces and mixing them in with other bits of metal, Hinton said.“They’re looking at volume over quality,” when they take the address plates, he said. “They’re certainly not getting the equivalent of what it costs the homeowners to replace them.”Catching the thieves in the act is likely the only way to bring them to justice, Hinton said, so officials are asking residents to call 911 and report suspicious people and vehicles, and to share surveillance videos that have information investigators can use. Call Sgt. David Martz, 817-503-1265 (you may remain anonymous), or email email@example.com.
Terry Evans, 817-390-7620 Twitter: @fwstevans