Three stories from Drudge;
In Chicago, metal scrappers presumably stole a Teen’s wheelchair for the scrap metal. “Scrappers” are folks who drive the neighborhoods on trash day and look for scrap metal, copper, aluminum, anything that will bring a buck at the recycling yard.
GURNEE (CBS) — Police believe scrappers, people who cruise areas when it is garbage day and pick up metal, may have been the ones who stole a teen’s wheelchair.
Marlon Tapang’s specialized motorized wheelchair was taken just before the bus arrived to take him to Warren Township High School last Friday, which was garbage day in his Hasting Lane neighborhood.
His mother, Jarka, said the chair cost $7,681.
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Jarka’s husband Paul was going about his usual routine that Friday morning. He placed the chair outside in the driveway and returned to the house to help his son use a walker to get to the driveway.
When Paul got back outside, the bus was already there and he assumed the bus driver had already taken the chair, which had a backpack with Marlon’s study notes for his final exams and his lunch bag, and put it on the bus.
“Then they got a telephone call from the school and they asked why they sent him to school without his wheelchair,” Gurnee Police Cmdr. Jay Patrick said Wednesday. “There have been no leads,” he said, adding he believes scrappers got it.
The motorized custom-made wheelchair affords Marlon, who has cerebral palsy, the most independence. His mother expects to be able to get another one through the insurance company, and she is asking people who want to donate money to her to instead donate money to the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association of Lake Forest, which helps disabled children play sports by providing special equipment.
“If the insurance comes through, people should help out this place, it’s the best place,” she said. GLASA donated a chair for Marlon to use temporarily.
She recently heard from a friend who had their lawnmower grabbed by scrappers. The friend’s husband tried to chase them, but they were too fast.
What kind of sick person steals someone’s wheelchair?
Next on the docket is this one – Copper thieves are dressing up as road workers and stealing copper wire from already installed street lighting in our nation’s Capitol;
WASHINGTON – Copper thieves possibly posing as road crews are causing parts of the District to go dark.
The D.C. Department of Transportation says thieves have stolen copper wire installed in underground conduits at least four times in recent weeks. Officials say in some cases the thieves may be posing as road contractors at staged work zones in order to commit the crime. They may even be detouring traffic.
One wire theft caused an illuminated Interstate 295 sign to go dark on northbound Kenilworth Avenue between Polk Street and Eastern Avenue.
Thieves also have taken wire that powers sidewalk lights along Kenilworth Avenue in Northeast between Foote and Hayes streets, and copper additionally has been stolen at North Capitol and Irving streets and at South Capitol and Potomac streets.
In the 295 and Kenilworth Avenue incidents, officials say the wire was located between manholes in a grass median.
The thefts come as scrap metal dealers are paying nearly $3 per pound for copper wire. Acting DDOT Director Terry Bellamy says the incidents constitute a “community safety problem.”
Dang stuff’s almost as valuable as Gold. Have you tried to buy copper pipe or wire lately?
The next story involves some guys who really had to work for their thievery. They got the smart idea to dismantle some railroad tracks for the scrap metal. Funny, people used to be a lot smarter in California;
MANTECA (CBS13) — A pair of thieves spent hours dismantling a section of the Manteca railroad tracks, only to have their plan derailed by a neighboring worker.
“They have no fear of getting caught, doing this in broad daylight, that’s just crazy,” said an Ace Tomato employee.
A man who didn’t want to appear on camera is one of many Ace Tomato employees working in the yard when he noticed the duo destroying the private railroad line.
“They were stealing the rails and the iron that held the rails together,” he told CBS13.
Working by hand, the men took their time with what had to be a tedious task.
“They were working hard doing it, they were using poles to wedge and pull everything up,” the Ace Tomato employee said.
The two men stripped 100 yards of the tomato company’s track, hoping to get away with a hefty load of iron to then cash in as scrap metal.
And to top off the mayhem today, we have an ATM repairman who stole the cash out of the machine and replaced it with photocopies of cash, about two hundred grand’s worth. And hey, this happened in California, too;
REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) – It was en elaborate heist that nearly paid off, big time. An ATM repairman swapped out fake bills for real cash, police said, getting away with $200,000.
The phony $20 bills coming out of some Bank of America automated bank machines last July 4 didn’t fool anyone. They were printed on a photocopier and stuffed into the ATM by a serviceman, who took the real money and fled, according to investigators.
“He went into seven of these machines, took the cash out and replaced it with counterfeit, and not sophisticated, just simply taking some bills, placing them on the Xerox machine, cut them up and put them in its place in the machines,” said Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County District Attorney.
The real money, $200,000, was on its way out of town, along with 64-year-old service man Samuel Kioskli, police said. Two weeks ago, Kioskli, of San Francisco, was arrested in Phoenix.
So it took them a year to catch the guy. That money is long gone. You can live pretty large on $200,000 bucks for a year. I just wonder why the thief stopped short of the border. Wouldn’t Bolivia or Brazil have been the place to go with his ill gotten gain?