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By ERIC GALVAN, Staff writer | August 12, 2006
Earlier this week individuals climbed down manholes in Coachella to steal copper from an Imperial Irrigation District vault. The individuals took copper,worth about $3 a pound at recycling centers and when sold on the street. But what they risked was a charge from lines that could have sent 7,200 volts of electricity through their bodies, killing them instantly. It?s a steep price to pay, but over the last six months it?s a price many have been willing to pay to cash out stolen copper.
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NEWS
August 29, 2007
CONCERNED QUERY ? Many of us business owners and private property owners in Brawley are being plagued by constant and continual thefts of copper lines and wire. Five times in the past few months the businesses on the 500 block of Main Street have been hit. This is really ridiculous, and is placing a huge financial burden on everyone. I heard that El Centro already has an ordinance that prohibits recycling places to accept copper tubing and wire unless the person bringing in the copper has a license to do business with copper tubing.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 19, 2012
CALEXICO - A group of at least three men have stolen thousands of dollars worth of electronics from the Calexico Walmart, and authorities are requesting the public's assistance for information. On July 12, two men entered the Calexico Walmart at 5:29 a.m. and selected a huge black suitcase from the store before heading over to the electronics department where they broke cylinder locks on glass cases, Calexico Police Det. Manual Ceja said. They took more than $9,000 worth of electronic equipment including Playstations and iTouches before running out through an emergency exit to a waiting getaway car. The men are both black, in their late 20s to early 30s, thin builds, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches and weighing between 190 to 200 pounds.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | June 26, 2010
A suspected armed robber who held up a woman at her home along Highway 111 near McCabe Road was arrested Thursday, an Imperial County sheriff’s sergeant said Friday. The name of the suspect was not available at press time. Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Alvarez said the man is thought to have fled south on the highway after the robbery occurred at a home in the 1400 block of Highway 111. > > Staff Writer Silvio J. Panta can be reached at 760 337-3442 or at spanta@ivpressonline.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 16, 2008
Senior citizen Carmen John said she never used the auto part services of Pep Boys but that didn?t stop someone from using her credit information to run up $142 in charges. The telephone call baffled John, who also told a group of other senior citizens during an identity theft seminar at the El Centro Community Center that the bill is currently in collections. ?They never sent me a bill,? she said. John and about 24 other senior residents learned from a group of panelists on Thursday about how to protect themselves and their hard-won credit from identity theft.
NEWS
By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | April 19, 2007
SEELEY ? Centinela State Prison officials identified an alleged ringleader thought to be behind the attempted theft of documents with correctional staff Social Security numbers Wednesday. The inmate, Morocco Curry, 34, also has been alleged by the FBI to be the ringleader behind other identity theft cases in Long Beach and Moreno Valley, Centinela spokeswoman Deavonne Long said. FBI officials allege Curry ran an identity theft ring from his cell. Among the alleged victims was the creator of the ?
NEWS
May 20, 2008
QUESTION: Not that long ago the Imperial Valley Press had an article on an arrest made in Westmorland of a lady for identity theft. It was said to be one of the biggest cases of ID theft in the Valley. I was told by another person that the merchandise the lady purchased under the stolen names was itself stolen from the evidence lock-up of the Westmorland Police Department. If it is true, what if anything can be done about this? Is the city of Westmorland going to have to pay back the stores the merchandise was bought from?
NEWS
February 23, 2008
More than 1,000 people either living in Imperial County or who have spent some time here have joined the unsettling ranks of millions of their fellow Americans by becoming victims of identity theft. A Westmorland woman is suspected of gaining access to credit card and personal information of county residents and visitors in what one sheriff?s investigator has been called the worst case of identity theft he?s seen. What is perhaps most galling is that some of the thefts took place in an unnamed medical office in El Centro.
NEWS
By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | May 16, 2011
A burglary was reported in El Centro’s Executive Inn on Saturday morning. According to El Centro Police Department logs, an unknown suspect removed copper from rooms 28, 44 and 48 with an estimated value of $4,500. The reporting party stated the incident occurred between 2 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The entry point is thought to be an area adjacent to the air-conditioning unit. No evidence or information on the suspects was able to be determined in the initial investigation, according to the logs.
NEWS
By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | December 26, 2011
A 46-year-old Calexico resident was arrested in connection with a theft in progress in the parking area of El Paseo Shopping Center in Calexico about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Police Sgt. Victor Legaspi said the individual pulled a 3- to 4-inch blade on two Vaquero store employees who ultimately detained him, Legaspi said. The Hispanic male was turned over to the police, he said, and upon further investigation two credit cards were recovered. The owners of the cards have been located, Legaspi said, and the individual was charged with attempted theft and brandishing a weapon.
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