|Roseville Police Department||1051 Junction Blvd.|
Roseville, CA 95678
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #12-04|
|Subject :||Law enforcement getting scrappy with metal thieves|
|Contact :||Dee Dee Gunther, Police Public Information Officer (916)774-5015/257-1942|
|On Thursday, February 2, officers from several Sacramento-area law enforcement agencies sent a message to metal thieves: stop ripping off our communities. About 50 officers fanned out in multi-agency teams throughout Sacramento County and south Placer County, contacting parolees and probationers with past connections to metal theft. |
Officers conducted approximately 40 probation and parole searches, looking for stolen metal and other evidence of metal theft, other stolen property, illegal drugs, or any other violations of parole or probation terms. Seven people were arrested, and charges are pending against several others.
Over the past few months, the entire region has been hit by an epidemic of metal theft. Thieves are stealing catalytic converters from vehicles, copper wire from street lights, buildings and construction sites, brass and copper plumbing fittings, utility covers and metal markers, and then selling the metal to scrap yards. While the thieves get fairly small amounts of money for their efforts, they're costing our residents, businesses and local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars in replacement and repair costs.
Sacramento-area law enforcement agencies will continue to work together to address the problem; the metal thieves and recyclers who buy stolen property.
Agencies participating in last Thursday's operation included U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (state parole), the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, Placer County Sheriff's Office, Yolo County District Attorney's Office, the probation departments of Sacramento and Placer Counties and the Roseville, Rocklin and Sacramento Police Departments.