Rash Of Copper Wire Thefts Plague Vallejo Schools; Start Of School Year May Be Threatened

VALLEJO (CBS 5) -– Copper theft is nothing new in the Bay Area. But thieves have been particularly busy in Vallejo, where several schools were stripped of the valuable metal in recent weeks.

The problem has become so bad, it may impact the return to school for some students.

At Franklin Middle School, Vallejo Assistant Superintendent Mel Jordan believes three to five thieves sliced through heavy duty bolts and metal brackets to get to copper wire. He said the wire was live and the thieves knew how to take it despite the electrocution risk.

Jordan said there has been a rash of copper thefts at schools, with at least 10 occurring in the month of July and at least 14 in recent months. Franklin Middle School has been hit by thieves four times.

“They’re professionals. They know what they’re doing. They’re technicians,” said Jordan. “They know how to cut live wire and they know how to pull it.”

Jordan showed CBS5 a 300-foot long pipe filled with copper wire flowing with at least 1,500 volts, a dangerous amount of electricity that doesn’t stop these thieves.

“It’s probably about $5,000 just for the wire in this one pipe,” said Jordan.

According to Jordan, the thefts have cost the district more than $100,000.

“No fear. They don’t believe they’re going to be caught,” said Jordan.

Perhaps that’s because they know cuts at the Vallejo police department mean fewer patrols.

“Police are doing what they can do based on having an entire community to deal with, but it’s really going to come down to community watch,” said Jordan.

Officials say the theft problem is so bad, it may threaten the start of the school year.

The school district is asking Vallejo residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. and to contact police.

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  • proud_bay_man

    The places, recycle, or whatever, who take this stuff and give a fat cash reward should be just a guilty.
    Bookem Danno.

    • mcnertny

      it always is,,i suggested it years ago in miami where it has been common

    • JustAGuy

      What if they were white?

      • TeaIsForSissies

        and Christian, like the nutter in Norway?

      • Sheila

        Wriong, Teals. The nutter in Norway emphatically wrote that he was no Christian. Lies don’t strengthen your argument, they render it moot.

        The Norway shooter cut and pasted information from various authors, all over the spectrum of political beliefs. He plagiarized from the Unibomber, a flaming liberal and Al Gore disciple. He plagiarized from Thomas Jefferson, an American patriot. He plagiarized from Pamela Geller, a conservative blogger. What belief system was he most closely associted with? Those who have studied his 1,500 page manifesto proclaim it to be Nazism;. And Nazis were not Christian.

    • bigbiz2

      As much as the California Mexican run legislature likes to pass laws concerning business they should make it a law that any building material brought in must have the persons id and if looks suspicious call the police..this is getting rediculous

  • nonexpat

    Recovery Summer II


      Another 5 letter word for fraud…
      A http://www.BirtherReport.com

      • Richard Lowery

        Take a good look at Barry’s economy. Thanks Nancy, Harry and O Blah Blah

  • BoyKingandhisFirstWookie

    Obama’s Hope & Change…

  • Tom B

    If the cops weren’t padding their pensions so much maybe there would be some money left for payroll.

    • mirted

      Probably a factor, eh? Ditto for the other public employees that have “risky” jobs, but “never draw a weapon in 20 years”, or fight a multiple floored, serious fire, etc. The writer’s comment shows Journolist bias.

      I have to wonder if some any of the school districts ever invested in any sort of security system….not many, i’d guess. Willing to bet the cops didn’t show because there were no alarms..much more likely explanation. How many times have we read about school vandalism with break-ins, and no one knows until they open the doors the next day, or on Monday.

  • v

    I love how they add “cuts” part… such BS…Grow a money tree because we sure as heck don’t have any

  • Greg

    If they would police the buyers there would be no problem. So, where did you get this copper? Really, you just had this on your truck. Can i see your Id and by the way stand over here so i can get your picture. Problem solved. If they can’t sell it they won’t steal it. Stupid CA.

    • Tequilazo

      Here in Houstn, everyone must present a photo ID and an electronic thumb print. Stops absolutely no one.

  • Gary

    We can expect more of this.

    People have lost their homes.

    People can’t feed their kids and many have lost them
    to Social Services.

    Unemployment extensions have run out.

    Meanwhile our CONGRESS can’t even agree
    on a debt ceiling and we give HUGE pensions
    to POLICE and FIRE Chiefs and bonuses to
    Corporate Executives.

    This is very WRONG and is a CRIME and I do not
    CONDONE it in ANY way…but I understand.

    • Steve Hollar

      I agree with all you say except one thing that irks me. When people talk about corporate execs getting big bonuses or paychecks. Remember, police and fire are tax supported. Corporations are private companies who are only accountable to their share holders. What they do with their money is their business, and, believe me they are doing what they can to prosper and hopefully hire more people. They are not in business to lose money and go bankrupt.

      • August

        Circuit City execs padded their pockets with $75 million they looted before they went belly-up and left 30,000 unemployed & stock holders broke & property owners in bankruptcy.

      • bill c

        It is too bad that people do not see it that way. Corporations are there to make a profit and expand business not give it away to people that do not want to work for a living. The entitlement mentality of this country is staggering.

      • rjm2238

        I agree. Ever notice also that the people complaining about exec’s making the big bucks never mention, actors, athletes, musicians, authors, artists and the like. I guess they contribute too much to the Democrat party to be singled out for hatred and envy via class warfare. Executives have the welfare of corporations which employ, in some cases tens of thousands of people to be concerned with while the chosen few have little impact on those around them.
        I swear you can see through these Democrats like an open window. It seems like they are engaging in extortion, buy a little protection via your campaign contributions or you’re up next in the hit parade.
        Rich in New Mexico.

      • BlueBasset

        I’d like to point out that many of these “private” corporations took major bailout money from taxpayers. (Car companies, Investment houses, Banks/Mortgage companies just name a few.) These “execs” tanked their companies with billions in losses, and afterwards still collected their multi-million $ “bonuses.” Bonuses for what? Tanking the company? Remember, we even borrowed the money for these bailouts. USA inc. doesn’t have any money. Just my 2 cents.

      • Bill Ryan

        Your comments are completely lacking of fact! These so-called privately owned businesses who are “only accountable to their shar eholders” didn’t receive “private money” in 2008 when our government (under great pressure from Wall Street and the Fed) passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. These “share holders” fleeced the American tax payer with help from our government! These same clowns are the ones who made untold profits during the housing bubble and when it popped demanded to be saved. You should stick to Fox News sites.

      • John


        I agree. Ever notice also that the people complaining about exec’s making the big bucks never mention, actors, athletes, musicians, authors, artists and the like. ”

        I have no problem with the anyone making a lot of money. In the case of Actors, athletes and the like, they are paid well because they have a particular talent or ability that others do no possess.

        What I DO have a problem with is CEO’s that will lay off 1000’s of workers as the slightest downturn in the business, and will slash benefits and even safety and horrible workplace conditions AND STILL take home multi-million dollar bonuses to the top in the company. THAT is wrong. If you can’t afford to keep workers when times are bad, you shouldn’t be able to afford huge bonuses either.

    • mcnertny

      it isnt a caucasion crime

      • Big Gun

        Let us just say it mcnertny, it is an Hispanic crime, mostly Mexicans, many illegal aliens. California deserves this, but not the children. A people that elect Marxists deserve to suffer for their ignorance.

    • AmericanMark

      Meth and crackheads. Don’t make the economy the excuse for bad behavior.

  • Tom

    Police cuts? They were paying police officers over $100,000 per year.

    How much does a security guard at a school cost?


    • James T

      As a concerned citizen, why don’t you donate your time?

      • Tom

        I’m too busy working! I have a job!

  • Ralph

    Watch out! We can’t say who’s really doing this, just like we can’t say who is doing the flash mobs. Saying it would be be a worse crime by far than these things. We whites ought to be ashamed of ourselves 24/7/365. After all, the copper thieves “solo quieren vivir” andwho are we to take away their livelihood. And the flash mobs ‘r jess bein’ deyselfs an’ we be raciss an’ $3!t. And DHS just proved to us who the real culprits are. I saw it on the video, these evil whites being turned in by the Saintly People of Color. That must be the truth. Did I say that right, Schlomo?

    • The Folks Who Brought You Antietam and Manassas [Parts I & II]

      “We whites ought to be ashamed of ourselves 24/7/365.”

      What “THEY” don’t realize is that “we whites” are coming to the end of our rope – that “THEY” just can’t squeeze any more water out of this rock of ours.

      And that “we whites” aren’t happy about it.





      • Mikey

        I was never a fan of “24/7/365” I mean it sounds good and all but mathmatically speaking it is incorrect. It should be 24/7/52 as there are 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week and 52 weeks in a year.

        Good post though. I Agree 100%

  • Localboy

    Putting a bounty on copper thieves caught in the act would be a good start.

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  • mimi

    I wonder if the mayor of san fran is still bragging that they are a SANCTUARY CITY. Guess you still reap what you sow. DUH. Even if this crime was not done by illegals, the influx of illegals has added enormously to the dire straits of everyone in the area.

  • Joe Dearn

    Oh wow, OK thats kinda crazy when you think about it. Wow.


  • Augustus

    A twist on the Tea Partiers, rather than tea they take copper. Life in America is going to get a lot uglier because of the demands, right or wrong, of others. Soon theives will be breaking into homes to steal food, valuables and life. There will be not be a tea partier or no one to stop them. Ground the jets and let the blood flow.

    • Mikey

      I’m confused by your post. Are you saying that Tea Partiers are the ones stealing copper? Or are you saying that their demands for a smaller, responsible and more accountable government are causing copper thefts?

      Either way I question your sanity…

    • No Crime in VA

      Bring it on. If someone comes into my house looking to steal anything, it would be the last thing they do. Home robberies are rare because one of every three households has at least one gun and those are bad odds. Schools on the other hand are empty during the summer, weekends and nights, kind of like taking candy from a baby. Here is an idea, find one person who is about to lose their house and have them protect a school in exchange for letting them keep their house. Heck, I would sit on a school roof at night for the chance to kill a couple of criminals for beer money.

      • dave

        Wouldn’t that be socialism?

    • rjm2238

      If anyone breaks into our home, my son and I have all the metal for them that they can stand, lead. If they like we will post a menu on the fence out front where they can chose which caliber or gauge they may prefer to dine on.
      We offer a full service menu and are open 24 hours a day, every day, including holidays.
      Bon Appitit’
      Rich in New Mexico.

      • glenny

        rjm, Absolutely right !
        1 number and 3 words : 12 gauge pump shotgun

      • Susan

        rjm2238. Great post! I, myself, have faith in my trusty .38 revolver!
        Sister Benedicta

      • Steve in Mobile

        my menu is very limited, 9mm S&W or 410 shotgun with buckshot, take your pick!

      • Steve

        We all know you people who boast this do not really have the guts to carry this out in real life. So keep day dreaming guys! LOL

    • mrunpc

      Ha ha! And just WHO do you think the majority of gun owners are in this country, hmmm?

      If my .380 don’t get someone breaking in to my house, then my .40 will. And if THEY don’t do the job, then my AR-15 certainly will.

      Yes. “Let the blood flow” and you’ll quickly see who’s most of it is.

  • garretc

    Have you received the wake-up call yet? Please, please, don’t emigrate to other States. Stay home and deal with your mess.

  • Mikey

    Yet another new name and another spam posting. Comment Reported.

    Give it up Aunt Bee…

    • Gibbs Bentley

      Look everyone it’s power tripping Mikey that’s in charge of the internet and is still unable to discern spam, which implies something is for sale from information.

      Thank god Mikey is able to run his command center from his moms basement and never counters with any real information, facts or a contemplative view.

      ———– http://911essentials.com

      • Mikey

        The fact that you have repeatedly mentioned that you only make your posts in order to draw more traffic to your wingnut website is proof enough that you are posting spam.

        You post no actual information at all, only quotes that generally have nothing to do with the conversation.

      • rjm2238

        What the heII are you talking about? Do you even know yourself?
        Rich in New Mexico.

  • JHarnes

    What nonsense. How many folks are buying these materials in this area. Buying stolen goods is a crime and police should be able to come down hard on these criminals. Then, I am sure, those buying the stolen goods will turn in the real thieves.

  • AeroJack7

    This kind of crime has occurred in third world nations for as long as one can remember. It is a direct result of long-time liberal/democrat social policies. What we are seeing is the start of a complete breakdown in social order. This decline can be fixed in short order if VOTERS elect true conservatives in office. Our problem is not politicians, but the voters who elect folk that promise them a bunch of “free” stuff that cannot be paid for and make low-life constituents not accountable for their own bad behavior.

    • HooDatIS?

      correction i meant, *burned at the stake* you ugly duck face fool, we dont need no more conservatives who deny us a good life, we need liberal/democratic social policies that allow us to grow and prosper !

      • David Maxwell

        Just say it, you want my money without earning it. From there are only two possibilities; you’re either a beggar or a thief.

    • Mikey

      You really should have just kept it at your original post Hoo. You already tagged yourself as a complete moron. Your second post merely reinforced it….

  • Miguel

    2 quick points: #1 If 600,000 deer hunters in Michigan can hunt deer for the hunting season w/o a single mishap, then once one or two of these “technicians” was shot to death those copper thefts would dramatically go down.

    #2 But mostly it is the White Liberals of my former party who have orchestrated the destruction of the Black, Brown communities by means of destroying those communitiies’ hopes and dreams by means of destroying families, their schools and employment therein, all, in service to keeping these communities on the democrat reservation by buying their votes in blatant appeals to racism and resentment.

    Drug gangs are also the product of these sly, deceptive democrat liberals who care NOT one whit what happens inside the the voting servitude of their political reservations.

    This copper money is no doubt ending up in drug cartels’ hands, at the hands of local druggers in our “permissive” society envisioned by White liberals.

    • bill c

      100% correct

  • Hazel Burke

    Well I certainly hope the Mayor is declaring Vallejo a sanctuary city for copper thieves.

    • mcnertny

      Working for the big phone company,,a zone ite came by with his shopping cart aksing for copper,,I left a piece of fiber cable for him,,he returned the next day complaining there was no copper after he burned off the insulation,,most riki tick

  • NonResidentPresidentHasRuinedUSA

    Vallejo locals celebrating the Obummer Summer of Recovery 2011

  • Julio Pezuka

    This asst. principal doesn’t know much, but I guess that is to be expected. I am not a professional electrician, but I know where I can get OSHA approved electrical tools that will cut a live high voltage wire without killing myself. Another govt. mooch who knows little but is ready to teach our children all the commie propoganda that his little mind stores.

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  • Lars

    How about a relay fed off the incoming main power that has a normally closed-held open contact wired as an input to the alarm system? Once the power goes off, the alarm goes off.

    • Mikey

      Good idea. Add a couple of automated 50 cal. gun emplacements and you have a deal!!

  • Steven

    Everything that happens come drictly from the effects of states and government supporting “ILLEGAL ALIENS”….health care, auto insurance, drugs,jobs/quality of work done, over crowed schools, prints everything in 21 languages, down right distruction of property from disrespect, and imported diseases.

    • bigbiz2

      You are correct sir…Like that guy in Norway said “Im mad as hell and im not going to take it anymore”

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