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Theft of metal on the rise--you can help

Theft of metal on the rise--you can help

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reports that “metal theft” is on the rise throughout the region, including in Lakewood. These thefts often involve thieves pulling copper wire from electrical boxes and light poles. Lakewood Station deputies believe these thieves may pose as workers doing legitimate business in the city.

The thefts occur during day and evening hours--often on major streets. The metal is then sold to salvage companies for pennies on the dollar. However, replacing the metal is very costly. The City of Lakewood's service provider for lighting is City Light and Power. Southern California Edison also has some lights in the city. Both companies' workers have clearly marked vehicles, and their employees wear shirts and vests with the City Light and Power or Edison logo.

If you see unusual activity in your neighborhood or city-wide, call the Sheriff’s Station. Their business line, which is perfect for reporting unusual activity, is staffed 24 hours a day at 562-623-3500. And, if it’s a crime in progress, always call 9-1-1.

Lakewood Sheriff’s Captain Jim Wolak urges residents to give the Sheriff’s Department a call and they’ll send a deputy to see what’s happening. If you see something, say something. Keep Lakewood and your neighborhood safe!

Or if you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or use the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.