Metal Thieves Strike Antioch Church Again

ANTIOCH (CBS / AP) — Officials of an Antioch church are looking at thousands of dollars in repairs after the church was hit by thieves for the fourth time in two months.

The Contra Costa Times reports that thieves stole about 500 yards of copper wiring from a conduit outside St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church early Thursday.

A church official told the newspaper that in three previous incidents since mid-July, thieves have stolen about 1,000 yards of copper wiring, seven air conditioning units and five outdoor security cameras.

St. Ignatius was also hit by thieves last year when landscaping was stolen during a refurbishment project.

Despite the multiple thefts at the church, a spokesman for the Diocese of Oakland said there has been no trend with thieves targeting Catholic churches in the East Bay.

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  • Doug

    I hope the courts will not be lenient with these thieves who are causing so much financial damage to all kinds of buildings.

    • anon

      Not likely it is San Francisco after all, anything to do with religion, the military, and family values tends to be frowned upon period. I’m surprised they still have churches there quite frankly, they do everything they can keep the military at bay so why not god.

      • Rick

        Must be a historical building that they keep up for tourists. Probably not much worshipping going on there…

      • Btruth

        That’s why we all know it as “SAN FRAN SICKO.”

  • dianara

    If it was not a church but a mosque, the FBI would be all over it, the media qould cry “racism and islamophobia”, the ACLU and CAIR would sue the police for not protecting them….
    Instead or raiding the Gibson guitar factory, the FBI should start watching the metal recycling plants who buy the stolen copper from the thieves.

    • Jeff

      I work for a communications company. The recycling plants can’t tell what copper is what. It;s not like it got serial numbers on it.

    • BobM

      Sadly, you got that right.

  • USAontheWrongPath

    Hope & Change Depression Economy…

    • Sam

      Good point, the same thing happened in the 30’s during the great depression. But thats what this administration wants, poverty means control to them.

  • aubreyfarmer

    Are the cops in cahoots with the copper thieves? Then how is it that they keep avoiding arrest? If you think that being a policeman is such a noble profession then you don’t know very many policemen. Every day they commit crimes that they arrest you for. I personally knew a lady that was responsible for setting the docket for many of the judges in Denton Co. Texas. She told me that at their Christmas party the judges, staff and cops were all getting drunk and playing grab ass. When the party was over, many of them drunk as a skunk got in their cars and drove home.

    • LarryC

      The cops might be the thieves!

    • Dave

      I’ve been wondering the same thing. They must be taking all the stuff they steal somewhere. Maybe it’s time to stop these metal salvage people from dealing copper and other materials? Maybe someone is getting a the deal most cops have with the also shady tow trucks. You go and rip wiring and pipes out of structures and see how fast you get arrested-why not them?

  • Hank Warren

    Illegals stealing US infrastructure, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    • AeroJack7

      I like the gist of your comments, but you lost me with the Ron Paul endorsement. He is the tin foil hat crowd.

      • caligula

        the crowd follows Ron Paul is the tin foil hat crowd, yes, but he is a very smart man with some good ideas, some bad…just like anyone. too bad his supporters are a bunch of loud mouthed idiots. they’ve ruined his chances of ever becoming president or being taken seriously anyway.

    • Realist61

      Exactly what evidence do you have that these thefts were committed by illegals? Without evidence, you comment is nothing more than racist.

      • NowYouKnow

        Racist! Debate over!

      • Pipelayerification

        Interesting how your mind jumped from the word illegal right to race. Very telling.

      • tmbttd

        After the second theft if surveilance cameras…a bunch of them to get all kinds of identification/recognition were not put in place then shame on the church and its management.

        My wife and I had our home in Brownsville, TX robbed two times in broad daylight, once while my wife was INSIDE the home! After that, and until I built my home in another community that had a plurality of caucasions. Can I prove that Hispanics and/or illegals robbed my home? No. But with a preponderance of illegals of which 99%+ of them are Hispanic and the city itself is 97% Hispanic, with odds like that I ought to be doing Vegas

      • Final Word

        Illegals are not a race.

    • caligula

      nobody listens to you.

    • Kusokurae

      I keep seeing these canned comments mentioning “America Deceived II” on comment threads everywhere. I think you are a paid spammer sent here to undermine the Paul campaign by making his supporters look like crazy idiots. And regarding the book you’re pushing, it’s not “banned.” It’s available on Amazon dot com, for crying out loud.

  • FLF

    Everyone is right on.. make it a mosque and it will be protected 24/7 by armed guards, AND ACLU lawyers!

  • caligula


    • caligula

      my comment looks strange by itself, but it was in response to someone who thought he was being very, very clever at the expense of others. the problem was, he wasn’t even witty, clever or funny. subsequently, his comment was deleted. i rest my case.

      • aubreyfarmer

        The name you have chosen “caligula” says a lot about you. You are one sick puppy.

  • caligula

    seems like the church would have cameras or an armed guard to shoot these idiots after the third time.

    • Realist61

      They did. The cameras were stolen.

      • caligula

        that’s turrible.

      • caligula

        but that begs the question…what about the security footage? stealing a camera doesn’t erase the footage. they should be able to nail these guys…heh

  • Tall Paul 415

    Can you say “Night Watchman”?

  • starzzguitar

    People are saying all kinds of things except the most glaring thing that comes to my mind…has this church heard of SECURITY GUARDS? Armed ones would be a good idea. How about security cameras? Don’t think that just because you are a church that criminals won’t target you. 4 times in 2 months? Protect yourself. Don’t be a victim. That goes for everybody.

    • Always Independent

      They stole the cameras

      • Gregg

        Were the cameras operational? If so, didnt they get the video of them stealing them? I think they just need a bit of secrecy as to where they put the cameras, maybe put a couple of hidden ones out there someplace maybe in a neighboring building or something. Its ridiculous that this happens so many times in the same location.

  • Ron

    When I saw the headline I knew it wasn’t a Texas church. There wouldn’t have been a second time.

  • Kingfish

    Obviously God didn’t give these church people enough brains to post a guard, pay some old person to watch the copper wires, sounds like an inside job to me, insurance scam, i hope the insurance company stops paying the claims.

  • AeroJack7

    Man, I wish California would let us have open carry laws. This kind of behavior would drop dramatically. We also need to enforce our immigration laws and hold recyclers accountable for accepting stolen goods.

    • ny9solyndra

      “hold recyclers accountable for accepting stolen goods.”

      How would the recyclers determine what was stolen and what wasn’t? If they get a truckload of copper, do they have to determine the provenance of each and every piece?

      Obviously some things would be easily traceable, such as if they had the owner’s name of the business on them. However, a lot of recycled stuff is just chunks of metal, without identification.

  • ny9solyndra

    Maybe the thieves were testing the congregations mettle?

  • ThisistheHopeandChange

    If it was a MOSQUE, Barack HUSSEIN Obama would have the FBI on the case…

    • ny9solyndra

      If the thieves are caught, maybe Barry will order a beer summit.

  • The Cryptojournalist

    Shouldn’t local police at least run an extra lap around this place? Or have a patrol car sit in the parking lot on a coffee break?

    To be fair, copper theft is one of Drudge’s favorite stories….and it’s the tip of the spear of the new, under the table economy.

  • John

    Stake out people!

    • ny9solyndra

      “Stake out people!”

      Don’t forget the sand, hot sun, ants, and honey. ;)

  • Phil

    Time to build a protective structure around the exterior units and put an alarm system on the structure.

  • sean patriot

    4th Time? really? Then its the church’s fault now.

  • sean patriot

    Im an atheist, and even I know you know absolutely nothing about Christianity

  • Bill_in_MD

    How about hiring an armed guard with night vision goggles, a cell phone to call the cops and a high power rifle (for self, defense, of course) to sit in teh bell tower?

  • David

    I think i would leave a big dummy copper wire #2 or 3 with about 50,000 volts connected to the other end. Opps.

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  • Daniel

    Time to hire a hit man to stake the place out and KILL the THIEVES.

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