Illiopolis (AP) - A
chemical company is adding security to the site of a former manufacturing plant
in central Illinois
after a series of scrap metal thefts.
Most of the Formosa
Plastics plant was razed this summer, but an 8,000-square-foot building
The property was the site
of a 2004 explosion that killed five workers.
Undersheriff Jack Campbell tells The (Springfield)
State Journal-Register that deputies were called to the Illiopolis site more
than 30 times in 2011. After that, a security team was hired, but was let go
after most of the property was razed.
But thieves started
striking again, even using a forklift and a chain to get away with about $5,000
worth of copper.
The explosions destroyed
several buildings at the plant and a fire burned for hours.
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