Tweakers, Methheads and Thieves…Oh My!

How desperate is a person for a fix when they will steal copper from an active water line and waste thousands of gallons of water for just a few dollars. Last week, several fittings were stolen from the building where I work leaving it without water until noon. What a crazy world this is.

Copper thieves close down DMV

December 18, 2007 – 1:50PM

VICTORVILLE — A stolen 2-foot piece of copper pipe worth about $5 brought the Victorville DMV to a screeching halt Tuesday morning.

DMV spokesman Mike Marando said that a security guard making routine rounds discovered the theft at about 7:30 A.M. He suspects that sometime during the night a saw was used to cut off the pipe that is the main water line into the DMV.

“Without any water the DMV had to close for health and safety issues”, Marando said.

People that came to DMV were told they would have to go to Barstow or come back later after the pipe had been replaced. A contractor was called to install a new pipe and the DMV was opened by 2:30 in the afternoon.

The owner of a local recycling company estimated the value of the stolen pipe at four to five dollars based on Tuesday’s price of copper.

The pipe is above ground about 30 yards from the DMV building near the street. The two foot long two inch diameter copper pipe was cut off on one end where it connects to the city water supply side and the other end connecting to the DMV side.