As the price of copper surges, so does the number of copper thefts from electricity transmission stations. Power companies across the state are now offering hefty rewards for information about copper thieves. $3,000 is now the going price in Georgia for information leading to the arrest and conviction of someone stealing copper. Thieves strip the metal from high voltage transmission facilities. At a going price this week of more than $3 a pound they can make hundreds of dollars selling it to scrap metal yards.