SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Police in Springfield have reported a rising number of copper thefts with rising temperatures. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports police marked eight thefts of copper from the New Year to June 1. Five occurred after May 1. Police Sgt. Darren Galloway says there’s no evidence of a ring of thieves. Copper wire was stolen from one construction site. Four involved pilfering air conditioners. They are attractive for their interior copper.