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Copper Thieves Target Debs Park

The thieves were scared off, but one resident fears they may return for the loot.

Montecito Heights resident Tom Marble is concerned that opportunistic thieves are targeting Debs Park for its copper wire.

At aproximatley 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, Marble said he encountered a pair of would-be copper thieves attempting to strip a Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) utility box about 100 yards Debs Park Lake.

"The DWP box is adjacent to our property, so I shined a flashlight at them through the fence after hearing shovels and other tool-work going on in the darkness," Marble said.

About an hour later, Marble investigated the scene with fellow Montecito Heights resident Roy Payan and found that some components of the box had been tampered with.

"The major wire is still in place waiting to be rolled up and carried away," Marble said. "Unless action is taken, I am certain the  thieves will compete the job in the coming nights.   Perhaps someone--the DWP?--should take the wire themselves before the thieves help themselves to it?"

Marble said that attempted copper thefts are not new at Debs Park. In October, Payan, a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, found tools and a large spool of wire abandoned in the park by three men who were scared off by CERT Team members.

Copper is often stolen by thieves who sell it to scrap yards for a quick profit.

ELGATONEGRO December 11, 2012 at 07:58 AM
BECAREFULL ON YOUR COVERT OPERATIONS SENOR! NEVER KNOW WHAT HE MIGHT HAVE IN THE WHITE BAG. AND IF HE` ALREADY PISSED LET OUR LOCAL "AUTHORITYS' DEAL WITH IT ACCORDINGLY THATS WHAT THEIR PAID FOR. TO PROTECT AND SERVE!!!
The MOG December 11, 2012 at 09:14 AM
No worries, ELGATONEGRO. My Guardian Angel is by my side... to absent from the body, as the scriptures teach, is to be present with The LORD. I have UpLoaded New Topographical Imagery with directions toward camp. Also, here is a link to an Ariel Photo from TerraServer. It shows the trails to the camp more clearly than the SAT. http://www.terraserver.com?tid=21&cx=390234&cy=3774242&proj=32611&mpp=0.25&pic=img&prov=dg&stac=e9b8cbf259ba1b4c81ad936e5b311c8d It's a very long link, so I may have got it wrong. Just get on Terraserver.com or USGS.gov SLO Allen, of NE DIV emailed at 6:48PM that this is Hollenbeck DIV Will follow up tomorrow.
The MOG December 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM
SLO for ADAM3 Hermon Region has been notified, Martha Benedict is doing an excellent job of getting the ball rolling, towards the destruction of this camp. The school principle has been notified, and I sent a message to the Park Rangers. This is all we can do, as private citizens in this matter.
Tom Marble December 12, 2012 at 07:12 PM
As a follow up to the article on the copper thieves, a couple of guys who said they were DWP came over and my wife led them to the site. They said they would cut off the power because it was dangerous to have live wires exposed like that. When my wife suggested it might be a good idea to take out the wire themselves at that point before the thieves did, they said they didn't want the wire, so it wasn't with the time or expense to pull it out themselves. And within a couple of days, the thieves came back and now the wire is gone. Not worth the expense? Isn't the DWP funded by taxpayer money even beyond the cost for water and power? It is apathy? Or are they working in cahoots with these guys?
ELGATONEGRO December 15, 2012 at 05:13 AM
THAT SUX BIG TIME!!! UNFORTUNETLY THE ONLY THING DWP CARES BOUT JUST LIKE THE LAPD IS COLLECTING THEIR SALARIES AT THE END OF THE MONTH!!! ITS NOW DEC. 14 2012, I KNOW THIS WAS INICIALLY A THEFT REPORT BUT IM SERIOUSLY INTERESTED IN WHAT AUTHORITYS HAVE DONE TO DISMANTLE THAT ILLEGAL CAMP NEXT TO THE SCHOOL??? UNFORTUNETLY THEIR ATTITUDES ARE USUALLY WELL HE DOESNT POSE AN IMMEDIATE DANGER TO ANYONE, SO WE`LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE!!! MAYBE THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO START TAKING MORE ACTION FOR THEM SELVES, BUILD UP LIL MILITIAS EVERY WHERE!!!! WHO BETTER TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS OF OUR COMMUNITIES THAN HE CITIZENS THEMSELVES!!! I DISLIKE THE IDEA OF SOME SNOBB NOSE PIG FROM THE VALLEY OR SOME OTHER SUB-URBAN AREA WITH A PRE-CONCIEVED MISCONCEPTION OF THE PEOPLE OF MY COMMUNITY POLICING IT!!!!

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