The thieves have been targeting street lights, irrigation control systems and even catalytic converters from cars.
Colma police said thieves stole brass and copper flower holders from more than 500 graves at the Cypress Lawn Memorial Park earlier this month.
Thieves dressed as utility workers have broken into a number of underground vaults beneath street light poles in Sunnyvale in order to make off with large amounts of valuable copper wire, according to police.
As cities and agencies around the Bay Area work to figure out how to pay for the recent rash of copper thefts, the Concord City Council voted Tuesday night to spend nearly half of a million dollars to replace what’s been stolen.
Bay Area Rapid Transit officers have arrested a man suspected of steeling copper wire from its trackways.
A BART spokesperson said there have been three incidents this week. The most recent incident happened early Tuesday morning in Oakland.
Police have told the Archdiocese of San Francisco that they had found a 5,300 pound, historic bell that had been stolen last Sunday from the grounds of St. Mary’s Cathedral.
A landmark bell was reported stolen from the garden at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco on Sunday morning.
The 700-pound statue was placed in Scottsdale Pond Park in 2007. It was named Omay, the Miwok word for pelican, and it cost the city $27,500.
Petaluma police said between 1,500 and 1,800 feet of copper wire was stolen from six light poles at Prince Park over the weekend.