Citizens Asked to Report Copper Thefts
by: Gail Delaughter, May 27, 2011 8:05:00 pm
Two men are facing charges after an incident this morning at Moody Park on the city's north side. Parks Department Deputy Director Mark Ross says a citizen called police after spotting two men vandalizing a light fixture.
"They were actually stripping wire out of the lights. I mean, that's copper, it costs a lot of money. It takes us time and material to replace. We have a rash of this on occasion because they use that copper for scrap and get money for it."
Ross says they've had problems in the past with thieves stealing lines from air conditioning units and even flashing off buildings. What made the Moody Park theft so brazen is that it was in broad daylight. Broken light fixtures can cost thousands of dollars to replace, and Ross says with a tight city budget they're counting on citizens to help keep an eye on things.
"Citizens are our best defense. Eyes and ears that live across from the parks or nearby can see things that sometimes just don't look quite right."
Ross says if you see a theft in progress, call Houston police. If you need to report a broken fixture you can call 3-1-1.