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UPDATE: Man arrested for allegedly trying to steal scrap metal

Posted: August 17, 2008 9:25 p.m.
Updated: October 19, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station arrested a man on attempted grand theft and theft charges Sunday.

John Tebrowski, 33, of Montrose, was caught in the act of stealing more than 200 pounds of aluminum valued at $400 from B&B Manufacturing at 25215 Stanford Avenue near the intersection of Scott Avenue in the Rye Canyon Business Park in Valencia, according to Lt. Tom Bryski.

At around noon, Bryski said, a security guard for the manufacturing company called the station when he saw the suspect jump over a fence onto company property. Bryski said deputies were eventually able to find the suspect and his car.

Tebrowski was arrested during his second round of thefts at the same business, said Sgt. Ron Price of the . Surveillance cameras reportedly had captured Tebrowski stealing aluminum siding and metal days earlier.

Metal thefts have increased during the summer as thieves are making significant money selling stolen metal to salvage yards, Price said.

Any business storing scrap metal is at risk of theft, said Lt. Brenda Cambra of the SCV Sheriff's Station, who added that because it is difficult to identify scrap metal, it is harder to trace the material back to its original owner. 

"It's a crime of opportunity," she said.

Southern California Edison and some local businesses have been victimized by metal thieves.


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