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Buchanan bill toughens penalties for copper thieves, buyers

Original post made on Jul 22, 2012

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 Pedal Power
a resident of Danville
on Jul 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm

The sad thing about this sort of crime is that the cost of the damage done is out of all proportion to the rewards the thieves reap. IMHO $1,000 doesn't sound like that much - any advance on $10k?

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Jul 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Boy, that will make them stop and think...

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

The buyer's of this metal are just as guilty as the seller's...

Oh my, where did I hear that before...OH I think I remember. It has something to do with drugs.

The seller makes money selling to the buyer and in most cases the buyer makes money selling it to the ultimate user.

Sounds just like a regular illegal business transaction.

Jerry Brown and Joan Buchanan can have their wet dream...NOTHING WILL CHANGE. The player will only get smarter.

Sacramento...what a bunch worthless people.

Thank for listening...Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
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.

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