Backflow preventers and water meters being stolen in Peoria

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Police in Peoria say they're investigating a series of thefts of backflow preventers and water meters in the city.

There has been increase in the thefts the past two months.

Police say the majority of the thefts involved units connected to fire hydrants, but additional units have been taken from standing caged locations that are welded to copper stand pipes.

Each of these thefts costs private businesses, the city and taxpayers between $1,000 and $2,500 per unit.

Police say the thefts have occurred at all times of the day.

Video surveillance has captured a possible suspect vehicle and a man driving the vehicle and police are trying to find the man and the car.