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Metal thieves hit Valencia business

Posted: February 24, 2014 5:02 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2014 5:02 p.m.

Metal thieves have targeted a Valencia businessman five times in two weeks, making off with at least $8,000 in copper wiring during their last break-in, according to the owner and local sheriff’s deputies.

“My main concern is finding out who this could be,” said Kamran Mehdizadeh, who owns and operates Euro Cabinets on Avenue Scott.

“These are forced break-ins,” he said. “The last time they came through the skylight.”

On Feb. 17, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary call at the company and learned from the owner that thieves had stolen 2,000 feet of copper electrical wiring wrapped in a vinyl insulating jacket, along with $3,000 worth of chrome bathroom sink faucets imported from China.

At 3:44 a.m. that Monday, Mehdizadeh received a call from his burglary alarm company that the alarm sounded at his company, according to the report filed by responding deputies.

“He responded to the location where he met with deputies already on scene,” deputies wrote.

“He advised me that one of the padlocks on a roll-up door in the back of the warehouse had been broken and that items had been stolen from inside the storage area of the warehouse,” an investigating deputy wrote in the report.

Besides the copper wiring, the thieves stole power tools.

Thieves had broken into the store four previous times within two weeks, Mehdizadeh said.

“Mehdizadeh stated all incidents occur between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. and it appears the suspects are only interested in stealing metal from inside the location, most likely to resell of recycle,” the deputy’s report read.

Deputies have seen an increase in metal thefts recently, particularly involving thieves stealing catalytic converters from cars.
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