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Roseville police join task force to crack down on metal thieves

By: Staff report
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Parolees and probationers with past connections for metal theft got a surprise visit from law enforcement last week. On Feb. 2, a multi-agency task force conducted about 40 probation and parole searches throughout Sacramento County and south Placer County. Officers were looking for stolen metal and other evidence of metal theft, stolen property, illegal drugs or any violations of parole or probation terms. Seven people were arrested, and charges are pending against several others. The Roseville Police Department, which participated in the operation, said in a statement that over the past few months, the entire region has been hit by an epidemic of metal theft. Thieves are stealing catalytic converters from vehicles, copper wire from street lights, buildings and construction sites, brass and copper plumbing fittings, utility covers and metal markers, and then selling the metal to scrap yards. While the thieves get fairly small amounts of money for their efforts, they’re costing residents, businesses and local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars in replacement and repair costs, police said.