Transient Meth Head Rakes In $95,000 By Stealing Copper to Support $100-a-Day Meth Habit

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Transient meth-head Kirk Wise probably made more money than you did last year -- and he didn't even have a job.

Wise, 45, is a professional copper thief who steals copper wire to support his $100-a-day meth habit. He's pretty good at it, too -- according to Wise, he's netted nearly $100,000 since January of 2010 by selling the copper to scrap-metal recycling businesses throughout the east Valley.

Wise wasn't that good, though -- he got popped yesterday after a three-month investigation into a string of copper thefts along the Paseo Trail in Chandler.

Police were first contacted in May about a significant amount of copper wire getting stolen from municipal outdoor lighting systems along the Paseo Trail.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, a detective started checking with local scrap yards to try and track the stolen wire.

The detective found what he believed to be some of the stolen wire at a scrap yard in mid May -- it was the same length as some of the wire stolen from the lighting units along the Paseo Trail.

Records kept by the scrap yard showed that the suspect wire was sold by Wise for $300. Police then tried to put him under surveillance. However, because he's a transient meth head, he was tough to track down.

Police finally located Wise in mid-July and began tracking him.

Authorities witnessed Wise commit three copper thefts in Gilbert, just north of the Paseo Trail in Chandler. After the third theft witnessed by police, on Monday, police took Wise into custody.

He admitted to everything -- he said he stole copper to support his meth habit and he'd netted $95,000 since last January. He told police he'd been stealing copper for three to four years, and has remained transient to make it harder for police to find him.

Wise and an accomplice -- his 38-year-old girlfriend, Sanna Silver -- were each booked on several counts of aggravated criminal damage, theft, and trafficking stolen property.  

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Ky Wise
Ky Wise

YO. this man is hella talented...... hes my uncle. He made a bad decision but he's a good guy. he needs help. fuck it, he stole copper. fate decided to step in, send him to jail and reform him to his previous glory. one love to you all and best of luck Kirk.

Hollistergirl654
Hollistergirl654

ENOUGH! Trust me, he's aware of what he's done. No need for all of you to sit here and say cruel things about a man none of you know.

He is taking responsibility for what he has done. He is fully aware of the consequences. There are no excuses for what he has done but clearly none of you know a thing about addiction and what it can do to a person. But to go as low as wishing death upon someone? Come on. He happens to be my dad, and as disappointed as I am seeing what he's done, I can't help but defend the man I KNOW him to be. None of us are asking for sympathy, just asking that the ignorant ass comments be kept to yourelf.

guest
guest

The best thing would be for him to OD. He is a scourge on society, only taking, not giving. His weakness has cost untold thousands of dollars and inconvenienced so many honest citizens who are unable to defend themselves against this scumbag. Now, he is our responsibility and will no doubt cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars to support his filthy, worthless self. I am sorry for his family but I feel nothing but contempt and disgust at the sight of him.

LarryPTL
LarryPTL

All criminals suffer from a disease called acute lead deficiency syndrome.

Ronald
Ronald

Should of offered him the # of the 4 major meth labs in Mexico Buy Cheap Sell High.They take Cash and copper as well.

Harry Wisencraker Jr.
Harry Wisencraker Jr.

He probably should have stuck to five hour energy drinks or event the "Crack in a Can" Monster Drinks.  They're heathy(ier), uplifting, and a lot cheaper and certainly won't make your teeth fall out. 

Harry Wisencraker Jr.
Harry Wisencraker Jr.

There was a program in this state to help catch these thieves, hopefully it's still active.  The scrapyards are required, by Arizona law, to submit ALL metal related transactions to the state along with a copy of the photo ID AND there is a process for tracking those transactions.  The copper thefts are very expensive, the copper windings on an irrigation pump can run $30,000 and up per pump.   

jou
jou

"Authorities witnessed Wise commit three copper thefts..."

Three? Why didn't they arrest him after the first?Shouldn't they have to reimburse the victims for allowing him to steal from them?Aren't they accessories during the fact?

exitwoundz
exitwoundz

Trouble, trouble. Been doggin' my soul since the day I was born

satansbuddy
satansbuddy

That's only 36.5 K spent on Meth...Where is the rest of the money? It's not like he is eating or spending it on toothpaste...

bigriggs
bigriggs

Fucking pathetic loser. What a waste of breath.

Kuei
Kuei

Stupid fella. Man hole covers and road curb drainage grates are much easier to steal and harder to track. You can walk away with a few hundred dollars a night.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Thefts like this should merit harsh punishment.  It is a theft against all of us, literally thousands of victims.

Guest
Guest

AGAIN PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT FEEL YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO JUDGE SOMEONE YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS PERSON WAS OR WHAT ELSE HE HAS DONE IN HIS LIFE BEYOND THIS ONE HUGE MISTAKE ARE JUST AS IGNORANT!! HE WILL PAY A HUGE COST FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE AND IM SURE HIS CHILDREN ENJOY TO READ SUCH BULLSHIT COMMENTS LIKE YOURS!! LOOK IN A MIRROR BEFORE YOU JUDGE SO FAST ON DAY SOMEONE WILL BE JUDGING YOU!! ASK YOURSELF ARE YOU A PERFECT PERSON!! HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ADDICTED?? YOUR FOOLS TO THINK YOU ARE JUDGE AND JURY!!

Marcy
Marcy

The police are under no obligation to arrest someone or even stop them from committing a crime.

The solution to incorrigible career criminal druggies like this guy is to put him in a room and give him all the dope he wants. Meth, heroin, anything that he wants.  And don't call 911 when he stops breathing.

Stealing is all he knows how to do and as soon as he is out of jail he'll be right back to stealing.

Ronald
Ronald

Brewer,Thorne and McCain wouldn't of got there cut .

oneWISEchic
oneWISEchic

You would know about toothpaste, sweetie, being that you have GIGANTIC horse teeth!!!

Kim Porter
Kim Porter

have you ever read anything on ADDICTION and what it does to a person??  please do BEFORE calling a person a loser and waste of breath.  i know for a fact this man has children ( i am his ex wife).

Whoknows
Whoknows

Scrap iron only brings $10-$14 for 100#.  The same amount of copper will get you $200-$300.  Small wonder copper is preferred by thieves.

Kuei
Kuei

I would think your hatred would be better aimed at bank and oil CEO's and the politicians that allow them to steal trillions from the american people. But, go ahead and focus on the guy who got $100k so the real thieves go unchecked.

Exitwoundz
Exitwoundz

1342 w sound familiar? Your yard looks like a meth addicts yard  lol. l8r I'm done trolling you.

Kerry's nemesis
Kerry's nemesis

No one forced him to try meth, steal copper and hide from the law. And why don't you clean up your language and use spellcheck- your vulgar obscenity is the only unacceptable thing in the posts here. Are you a meth user too? You sure are protesting too much. And yes, it is easy to judge someone who admits he is a common thief and an idiot drug user- I can only wish I was on his jury. He is nothing but a millstone around society's neck. He steals from honest, hardworking people to support a lowlife, dirtbag drug habit because he doesn't want to work. And I work hard, pay alot in taxes and don't break the law. So, compared to him and YOU, I guess I am pretty perfect.

Guest
Guest

WOW MARCY MUST FEEL GREAT TO BE A PERFECT PERSON!! TOO BAD YOUR STUPID COMMENT LETS EVERYONE HOW NOT PERFECT YOU ARE!! YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO AND WHAT THIS PERSON IS WHEN NOT ADDICTED TO METH.IM SURE THERE ARE ALOT OF THINGS YOU COULD READ ABOUT ADDICTION BEFORE YOU ARE SO QUICK TO JUDGE!!

satansbuddy
satansbuddy

Lol- at least I have some u crack whore cunt!

exitwoundz
exitwoundz

not for long bitch.i am sure you're so proud.....

Marcy
Marcy

He's a loser, waste of breath AND an addict. 

You have poor taste in who you breed with honey.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Sorry but I have zero sympathy for anybody in this situation.

exitwoundz
exitwoundz

the kids will most likely grow up in and out of jail just like mom and dad.

Tubetide
Tubetide

You are an idiot.  Nothing more or less.  Only a complete moron would take a meth case like this and transfer the thread to CEO's and into politics. 

malasangre
malasangre

i clicked like cause im glad your going to shut your hole  thanx

kim
kim

stiffing banks??? you clearly have quite the imagination..

Kim
Kim

exitwoundz i wouldn't give u the pleasure... you should really get your facts straight again you act a fool..... funny you know so much about my ex and i, why you afraid to put your name out there??

Exitwoundz
Exitwoundz

yeah lots of em. You guys were stiffing banks when you were still together. Now let's talk about your priors..Don't fuck with the bull, Kim......

oneWISEchic
oneWISEchic

Go to bed Maroonkitty. You have wayyyyyyyy too much time on your hands to be so intersted in this "news blog."

satansbuddy
satansbuddy

And I am supposed to be offended by this "wise chic"?  Internet psychology 101, wise one- when the 1st the thing you say as a comeback is an attempt (a poor one at that) is a retort about someone's appearance; its generally because they are a jealous, ugly piece of shit.  This is especially so when one does not have a picture of themselves...just a little wisdom for you, but you are probably too cracked out to understand.  Also when someone puts a title like smart or wise in their name its generally because they are insecure about their own level of intelligence- so keep making yourself look like an ass.  I actually find it remotely entertaining.  And keep defending your boyfriend or family member, as it makes you even wiser.

oneWISEchic
oneWISEchic

Such a lady "satansbuddy." Just saying, probably better think about what you post when you have that pic posted of yourself. YIKES!!!

Angel
Angel

your name says it all... say no more

Maroonkitty
Maroonkitty

If you really had any intelligence you would be seeking to educate people on addiction; not trying to insult the commentors.  Ironically you state that people should just comment on the crime and leave out personal insults...yet this is EXACTLY what you are doing.  I looked through every post you wrote- not one nice thing, or educational for that matter.  Not one post about who this guy is, how he made a mistake or how drugs affected his life.  As the cliche' states- you get a lot more flies with honey...

oneWISEchic
oneWISEchic

Oh Maroonkitty!!! Funny how this blog is bringing out such "CLASSY" people! REALLY? I am not defending his actions; however, severe drug addiction can cause good people to do crazy things!! I know Kirk personally, and know that he is a very intelligent person with a successful, loving family.  He has awesome children that not only have to deal with finding out this information about their father, but also reading comments from such uneducated, judgemental people!! This could be your husband, son, father, etc. Before you make such harsh comments consider that drug addiction is a serious disease that effects millions of families, and I am sure your family is not exempt!!!!!!!!!! Comments about the crime are understandable, but comments about his family or calling him crude names are extremely elementary!!! P.S. I find it hysterical that you question my intelligence with a mouth like that. I literally laughed out loud!!!!

Maroonkitty
Maroonkitty

And your defending a robbing meth head with kindergarten comebacks- you sound fucking brilliant!

oneWISEchic
oneWISEchic

You are a very intelligent person" exitwoundz". Awesome word choices. Are you sure your not a meth head because you don't sound like you have any type of education!!

Kim Porter
Kim Porter

thanks and yes i am a proud person

Kim Porter
Kim Porter

Marcy,Do you know what or who this man was prior to this?  No you don't.  I am guessing you live in a GLASS HOUSE right? 

Kim Porter
Kim Porter

 nobody is looking for sympathy thanks

Guest
Guest

your a real dumb ass his kids have NOTHING to do with this!! Before you open your fucking mouth you should know what your talking about!! GO TO HELL ASSHOLE!!

Kim Porter
Kim Porter

Fxxx You really?  i will have you know that both of our children are outstanding citizens and have NEVER been in any kind of trouble so STOP judging, you look a fool!

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