Cops close lid on metal thefts
SANTA FE SPRINGS Detectives believe they may have quelled a spate of burglaries at metal distribution companies in the city last month. Metals were stolen from about 10 businesses in July, said Detective Gonzalo Ponce. “It’s a new trend,” said Ponce. “Most of these crooks are getting involved in it because it’s fast money.” Metal distributors usually store metals in gated areas outside their buidings, Ponce said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. “Thieves cut the fence with wire cutters,” said Ponce. “Inside, they haul metals away with a dolly.” Since the price of metals such as aluminum, copper and stainless steel have increased substantially, they have become popular targets for burglars, said Ponce. They can be resold to metal recycling businesses for thousands of dollars. he said. Last Saturday morning, police arrested a man on suspicion of stealing about $7,000 worth of metals from Hurlen Corporation. John Eric Phelps, 43, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property and possession of tools believed to have been used to carry a burglary. Police found stolen aluminum blocks and copper rods in the van parked behind the business, Ponce said. “We also found bolt cutters, grinders, and other cutting machinery,” he said.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!