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Titanium operation fails in Valencia

Posted: September 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Metal thieves went to great lengths to steal valuable scraps of titanium from a Valencia business but fled when their haul was too heavy to lift, local sheriff’s deputies reported.

In less than 30 minutes of having monitored a guard’s routine, at least three thieves broke into a metal company on West Harrison Parkway.

According to deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station who responded to the burglary call, one thief stood as lookout while the other two walked up to a locked portable storage box — the size of a mini refrigerator — and cut its lock with bolt cutters.

The thieves then took about $4,500 worth of titanium scraps out of the storage box, putting about 300 pounds of the metal into a large plastic trash can. Titanium can fetch $15 a pound from some recyclers.

When the lookout alerted his cohorts that the security guard was coming back, all three tried to lift their loot but couldn’t, deputies reported.

They fled.

Detectives are now studying a surveillance tape that captured the whole attempt.



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