Sixty kilos of copper cabling, believed to have been stolen from British Telecom, has been seized by police.
Officers from British Transport Police and Lancashire Constabulary visited two scrap metal yards in Great Harwood and Blackburn on Wednesday, August 31 in a bid to crack down on metal thieves.
The copper, worth an estimated £2000, will now be subject to an investigation by police and BT.
Sgt James Black said: “It is likely the copper was stolen from the Fishmoor area of Blackburn. It is a fairly large amount and our enquiries continue to find out who was responsible.
“People often think the theft of scrap metal is a victimless crime when in fact it can cause more financial problems due to the damage caused after the initial theft.
“Items such as copper piping, lead flashing and boilers are a popular target for thieves.”
The metal theft crackdown launched last week has seen officers on patrol in hotspot areas across Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley and Blackburn with Darwen.
Anyone with information can contact police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.