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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Comments (71)
  1. Doug says:

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

    1. anon says:

      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.

      1. Rick says:

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

      2. Btruth says:

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

  2. dianara says:

    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.

    1. BobM says:

      Sadly, you got that right.

    2. Jeff says:

      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.

  3. USAontheWrongPath says:

    Hope & Change Depression Economy…

    1. Sam says:

      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.

  4. aubreyfarmer says:

    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.

    1. Dave says:

      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?

    2. LarryC says:

      The cops might be the thieves!

  5. Hank Warren says:

    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):

    1. AeroJack7 says:

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

      1. caligula says:

        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.

    2. Realist61 says:

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

      1. Final Word says:

        Illegals are not a race.

      2. Pipelayerification says:

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

      3. tmbttd says:

        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

      4. NowYouKnow says:

        Racist! Debate over!

    3. caligula says:

      nobody listens to you.

    4. Kusokurae says:

      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.

  6. FLF says:

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

  7. caligula says:


    1. caligula says:

      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.

      1. aubreyfarmer says:

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

  8. caligula says:

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

    1. Realist61 says:

      They did. The cameras were stolen.

      1. caligula says:

        that’s turrible.

      2. caligula says:

        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

  9. Tall Paul 415 says:

    Can you say “Night Watchman”?

  10. starzzguitar says:

    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.

    1. Always Independent says:

      They stole the cameras

      1. Gregg says:

        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.

  11. Ron says:

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

  12. Kingfish says:

    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.

  13. AeroJack7 says:

    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.

    1. ny9solyndra says:

      “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.

  14. ny9solyndra says:

    Maybe the thieves were testing the congregations mettle?

  15. ThisistheHopeandChange says:

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

    1. ny9solyndra says:

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

  16. 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.

    1. ny9solyndra says:

      “Stake out people!”

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

  17. Phil says:

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

  18. sean patriot says:

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

  19. sean patriot says:

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

  20. Bill_in_MD says:

    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?

  21. David says:

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

  22. Daniel says:

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

  23. Da Big Red Haole says:

    Four time in two months….hello! Get a fricken clue and get a couple of big, butt-bitin’ rottweilers or a guard to patrol the grounds at night.

  24. Flannigan says:

    This house of sinners must stop the charade, pray for reals and bring more cash!

  25. Harley says:

    If you use illlxgal alixn these creeps will censor your post

  26. Percieval says:

    Most likely Illebal invaders. Amazing how some people still actually defend them on this site. They murder, destroy, flood the school system, push WHITE LIBERALS out into more expensive housing, yet, they are like the messiah, can’t say anything BAD against illegals, or one of the Kooks will become emotionally unstable and fly off the handle. Kooks have replaced Jesus with Illegal Aliens, or Black. Only say good things, or die.

  27. Carol says:

    I’m wondering if the thief might be a member of the church????? Just a thought.

  28. Carol says:

    I am wondering if the thief is a member of the church. Just a thought.

  29. rex dart eskimo spy says:

    Maybe this is the result of global warming. I weep uncontrollably for our poor planet.

  30. steve says:

    Lets see if holder tries this as a hate crime, because you know if that was a black Church he would.

  31. g-man says:

    ok… is something a little different, as I read the story and comments. I felt the one thing not being said, and is probably the most important, is that St. Ignatius of Antioch is one of greatest Saints of the church. He was a diciple of John the Baptis and was appointed bishop of antioch by St. Peter…the first Pope of the Catholic church. He was the first to write and use the word Catholic….even before the bible was writen in 110 A.D.

  32. sandiego1969 says:

    Once again the Catholic Church is under attack. In a place where people claim to be progressive the progress they preach is a steady progression of abuse and hate. So it has always been.

  33. Jane Fulmer says:

    It is time to start charging the people who are buying the stolen copper. Someone is buying this stuff and the same people doing that are setting up the ring of thefts.

  34. Jimmie Meehan says:

    If government were functioning as it is suppose to….this could, would be stopped…but government has decided to give attention to those who “really deserve it” and forgotten We The People…who pay them.

  35. jmounday says:

    copper recycling is the administrations best green job creation.With O spending.

  36. Chuck says:

    Time to post an armed guard. Since it’s a federal crime to steal copper the FBI should be on it.

  37. Jubal says:

    I feel for the pastor and the church. At least one thief is in the congregation. Inside job.

  38. blorjr says:

    Were the police given orders not to investigate to throughly by the sodomite city leaders.

  39. Whitey ford says:

    Illegals. Way to go San Fran santuary kooks

  40. ReRun says:

    A church getting ripped off; boy, that’s a 180!
    In god we tryst. All others pay cash! LOL!

  41. Expendable says:

    We had a bunch of illegals stealing copper down here, perhaps it was some illegals receiving sanctuary/Get Out of Jail Free up there in the Land of Fruits and Nuts that did this.