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Copper Thieves Strike Louie Pompei Park Again

The theft marks the third time this year thieves have targeted copper from the park.

Glendora Police are reporting that copper thieves have hit Louie Pompei Park early Thursday morning.

The theft was reported at 7:45 a.m., according to Glendora Police.

Taken were three light standards in the parking lot, and nine from the athletic field, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Police also said they believed that more than one person committed the theft.

This is not the only time Pompei Park has been targeted for copper theft. had been removed from the park.

Several days later, copper wire was taken from eight to nine more poles at the park. City officials estimated the total cost of repair was $15,000.

with connection to the previous two copper thefts at Pompei Park.

Girard was charged with stealing copper wiring and vandalism Feb. 3. Girarad received a suspended prison sentence of three years and placed on felony probation, according to the Tribune.

Copper wire can be expensive, with the price per pound currently at $3.72, according to Kitcometals.com.

Kelli Winters September 28, 2012 at 03:02 AM
The city really needs to consider locking the gates at the entrance to the park at night. This would at least eliminate thieves being able to drive their vehicles down onto the grass to load the copper wire into them.
bw September 28, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Really? The gates are locked every evening after activities cease and unlocked again first thing in the AM. Your genius idea is not enough to thwart the hoodlums that commit these crimes. Perhaps the thieves will touch a live wire and get their real due.
Michele September 28, 2012 at 05:46 AM
I hope they get a live wire and fry..they get a free pass out of jail system sucks
celia chu September 28, 2012 at 01:31 PM
give this project to an engineer student to figure it out to protect the wire..Make it a project for the class to come up with a protection plan....
Kelli Winters September 28, 2012 at 03:32 PM
BW, it never ceases to amaze me that people such as yourself hide behind initials or fictitious names on what they post here on Patch. If the gates had been locked, the thieves would not be able to get their vehicle down on to the field. As a matter of fact, the gates are NOT locked on a nightly basis as they should be.
NT September 28, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Girard got probation?? The way I see it he owes Glendora $22k worth of indentured servitude. I hope he's got some meth left from his last haul because at the prevailing wage for dirt bag labor ($8 an hour, minus taxes of course) he's got a couple years of OT to put in. But I would imagine he's already back at home cashing unemployment checks and slapping his baby mama around. In the meantime I would say parking a GPD cruiser overnight at Pompei and installing a couple more cameras can't hurt... Nor would some stricter regulation of these recycling centers who get a man hole cover stamped City of Glendora and half a dozen BRAND NEW copper water mains and don't blink an eye while they hand over the cash to these junkies.
Vince September 28, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Geez, they catch the clown doing the thefts and he gets a suspended sentence and 3 years probation. Yeah, that will teach him a lesson for sure. What a joke this state is. I'm tired of hearing this "overcrowding" BS from government mouthpieces. Time to build more cheap tent jails out in the Desert.
Lulu September 29, 2012 at 02:01 AM
The gates to the park are locked at night. Though with soccer going on, they stay open later. Not sure what time they are unlocked in the morning. The problem is that people also hop over the fence to get down to the park. I agree with the person who said let some engineering students come up with creative ways to stop these theives. of course it will have to be something that is legal, but wouldn't it be great if they did come up with something and other cities could incorporate their ideas? bottom line, if you see something suspicious call the police.
John October 10, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Nobody said any vehicle was on the field while copper was being stolen, where you got that I do not know. The gates do get locked, but criminals do not care about that. Bolt cutters would solve that in a hurry, besides using the main entrance in the middle of the night in a residential neighborhood is a surefire way to get caught. I would venture to guess they are finding another way in.

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