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Old 05-19-2008, 05:19 PM
 
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abc7.com: El Sereno Elementary School without water after copper valves and pipes stolen 5/19/08

there is a story about this on the news every week, it seems. a few weeks ago firefighters had to let someone's home burn because the hydrant was inoperable after a copper piece was stolen from it. how much is that stuff worth that thieves are willing to go to such lengths to steal it from public fixtures?
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Old 05-19-2008, 05:34 PM
 
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It's ridiculous and these types of yahoos don't realize that they're going to end up paying more for basic services because of these types of shenanigans. There was another report, a few weeks ago, like this one. Whole spools of wiring were stolen from some utility because of their copper content.

The south bay has had a big crime spree in the past 6-months . . . idiots stealing catalytic converters from trucks and SUVs because of the metal content. Simple-minded people with simple-minded solutions to their problems.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:20 PM
 
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...and stealing the brass fittings on backflow preventers, fire dept. connections, and, get this, manhole covers.

What bothers me more is the unscrupulous metal recycling/salvage yards that don't question the source of the materials.
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Old 05-20-2008, 01:13 AM
 
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This has been happening across the country for several years now. Its not just spools and hydrants. Theft of parts from commercial air units on rooftops is also very popular because they are out of sight.

In Los Angeles, they are pulling conduit from street lights and signals.

I think its mostly started as a drug thing, but now its spread to more organized groups and gangs.

Anyone selling scrap metal, other than bottles, cans & cardboard, should be licensed to do so and yards should be held accountable for taking any suspect stolen property.
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Old 05-20-2008, 01:29 AM
 
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My Local Police Dept did a sting in cooperation with one of the area recyclers... In a short time they nabbed 14 people wanted on parole violations or that had warrants...

I have not followed the proposal requiring current photo ID and Vehicle License and Registration to sell scrap as well as the provision that all payments be made by check 14 days after the sale...

Sounds like a good start to me...

I spent an early Sunday morning trying to restore some type of emergency water pressure after a thief made off with the main back-flow device for the entire Hospital...

The Back-flow was under pressure and left a geyser in it's wake...

The thief got maybe $25 for endangering patients lives... not to mention the $2000 cost of repair...
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:50 AM
 
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Always hear about that. You'd be surprised how much stuff can be stripped to be recycled
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:11 PM
 
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My Local Police Dept did a sting in cooperation with one of the area recyclers... In a short time they nabbed 14 people wanted on parole violations or that had warrants...

I have not followed the proposal requiring current photo ID and Vehicle License and Registration to sell scrap as well as the provision that all payments be made by check 14 days after the sale...

Sounds like a good start to me...

I spent an early Sunday morning trying to restore some type of emergency water pressure after a thief made off with the main back-flow device for the entire Hospital...

The Back-flow was under pressure and left a geyser in it's wake...

The thief got maybe $25 for endangering patients lives... not to mention the $2000 cost of repair...

so, it's not even a lucrative enterprise? i was certain that there must be some REAL money involved...
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Location: California
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so, it's not even a lucrative enterprise? i was certain that there must be some REAL money involved...
When youre broke your broke. I think if your lowering yourself to stripping hospital equipment, risking people's lives, youre probably at the point where you'll take what you can get
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