Copper thieves have been targeting pivot irrigation systems in rural Sedgwick County.

Copper thieves have been targeting pivot irrigation systems in rural Sedgwick County.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/13EJCa6 ) that the thieves are yanking copper wire from the pivots to sell as scrap.

Sedgwick County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Plummer said in a statement that there have been at least six confirmed thefts involving pivot irrigation systems in rural northwest Sedgwick County over the last three months.

The thefts have caused more than $18,000 in damage and a loss of copper worth more than $15,000.