Buchanan bill toughens penalties for copper thieves, buyers Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Jul 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm
With copper thefts a growing problem in the area, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) that stiffens penalties for both buyer and sellers. The bill, AB 1971, makes it clear that the theft of copper -- along with stainless steel and aluminum -- from public property is an act of vandalism in addition to a theft.
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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jul 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm
Hopefully the legislation is worded carefully, so that alloys of copper are included (such as bronze and brass). Thieves like to target brass and bronze plaques, off of gravestones, memorials, etc.
A friend of mine in the telecom industry used to have to deal with thieves cutting down large phone cables to get copper wire - since cutting phone cables is a lot safer than cutting power-lines.... Many times this would happen at remote locations, where it was a lengthy and costly process to do the repair. What was even more frustrating was when the copper thieves would cut a fiber-optic cable, not realizing until after the damage was done, that there's no copper in the cable - just glass fiber!
I fully agree that for this measure to be successful, it needs to go after both the thieves, and the buyers of the "scrap" metal.