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megimoo
05-27-2011, 10:09 AM
Two Men Caught Dismantling Manteca Railroad Tracks Hoping To Cash In On Metal

MANTECA CA (Spanish for lard) — A pair of thieves spent hours dismantling a section of the Manteca railroad tracks, only to have their plan derailed by a neighboring worker.

“They have no fear of getting caught, doing this in broad daylight, that’s just crazy,” said an Ace Tomato employee......A man who didn’t want to appear on camera is one of many Ace Tomato employees working in the yard when he noticed the duo destroying the private railroad line.

“They were stealing the rails and the iron that held the rails together,” he told CBS13....Working by hand, the men took their time with what had to be a tedious task.

“They were working hard doing it, they were using poles to wedge and pull everything up,” the Ace Tomato employee said.....The two men stripped 100 yards of the tomato company’s track, hoping to get away with a hefty load of iron to then cash in as scrap metal.

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2011/05/26/two-men-caught-dismantling-manteca-railroad-tracks-hoping-to-cash-in-on-metal/

Novaheart
05-27-2011, 12:22 PM
Stores and churches have had their exterior piping stolen. Many places have built cages over their outdoor AC units.

Maybe we should have a law that says that if the guy trying to sell you scrap or used property looks like a meth head, you have a duty to call the police.

megimoo
05-27-2011, 12:39 PM
Stores and churches have had their exterior piping stolen. Many places have built cages over their outdoor AC units.

Maybe we should have a law that says that if the guy trying to sell you scrap or used property looks like a meth head, you have a duty to call the police.A junk dealer would have to be very stupid not to question a guy who came in with a few hundred feet of steel rail for sale.i

noonwitch
05-27-2011, 12:55 PM
Stores and churches have had their exterior piping stolen. Many places have built cages over their outdoor AC units.

Maybe we should have a law that says that if the guy trying to sell you scrap or used property looks like a meth head, you have a duty to call the police.


Detroit licenses junk dealers. You have to have a license to bring in scrap metal for money. That doesn't mean there aren't businesses who circumvent the law and buy metal from people without licenses, but there is a law to enforce when it is reported.


Most of the abandoned buildings in Detroit were stripped of all their metal a long time ago, but there are always newly abandoned buildings to harvest for metal. If the school district closes as many schools as they are predicting, there will be a bunch of empty buildings this summer, some of which probably still have copper pipes.

Odysseus
05-27-2011, 02:27 PM
The company is lucky that they were seen before a train went down the tracks. A derailment could have killed everyone on the train, and even a freight train has some crew. The thieves did more than steal metal, they committed reckless endangerment with depraved indifference. They should go up for a long time.

Also, no names or descriptions in the article, but it was in an agricultural region of California. Anyone want to bet that the thieves were illegals?