Copper thefts plague Auburn, Folsom Lake state recreation areas

Copper thieves have repetitively struck at the Auburn and Folsom Lake state recreation areas recently causing more than $40,000 in damage.

Last week the most recent copper theft occurred in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area when a bathroom had to be completely shut down.

The copper was stripped from the water lines in the bathroom in that instance, costing around $4,000 in damage, according to Brian Moses, district maintenance chief.

“It’s nonstop. Nothing this big ever really hits us, but lately it’s been something every week,” Moses said.

That same bathroom had four Sloan Royal Flush Valves stolen from it at $200 each. Thieves have even resorted to stealing the drain covers from showers because they’re made of brass.

“It’s never ending,” Moses said.

Those are just a few of the random copper thefts that have taken place in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area in the past few weeks.

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