It’s believed the thieves are targeting hydrants so they can sell the cast iron scraps to recyclers.
A Newark man was arrested Monday night on suspicion of stealing a city-owned spool of copper wire from a work site in Benicia, police said.
Two men were arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of stealing copper wire from a PG&E yard in Petaluma, police said.
According to city officials, 15 metal storm drain grates have been snatched in the last three weeks. Police are concerned the missing grates may lead to someone falling into storm drains.
Two San Jose men were arrested on suspicion of stealing copper wire from a commercial building in Milpitas on Friday morning, police said.
Metal thieves have hauled away aluminum bleachers and irrigation pipes from San Francisco’s Crocker-Amazon Park.
A Sonoma man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing hundreds of frost-prevention sprinklers from vineyards in Sonoma County, a Sonoma County sheriff’s sergeant said.
A new crackdown on copper thefts in the East Bay involves undercover work by investigators to catch scrap metal dealers who may have bought stolen goods.
Brazen thieves are now knocking down utility poles in rural areas of Central California to get valuable copper wiring.
The thieves have been targeting street lights, irrigation control systems and even catalytic converters from cars.