The theft is different from typical copper thefts because it targeted a wholesale supplier rather than an electrical contractor.

Thieves broke into a Grand Forks wire supply business over the weekend and stole more than 6 ½ tons of copper wiring worth an estimated $110,000 wholesale.

Dakota Supply Group President Tom Rosendahl tells the Grand Forks Herald (http://bit.ly/W7XUNn ) that the theft is different from typical copper thefts because it targeted a wholesale supplier rather than an electrical contractor.

Copper thefts are not unusual because scrap prices for the metal are about $3.50 per pound. They've been even higher in recent years.

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced legislation to make metal thefts federal cases. North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven is a co-sponsor of the bill.