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Plumbing Plucked in El Segundo

October 1, 2008

By Denise Nix

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Five new El Segundo businesses were welcomed to the neighborhood over the weekend with the theft of some pricey copper water fixtures.

The pipes were discovered missing early Saturday at The Edge, a new retail and restaurant complex still under construction near Maple Avenue and Nash Street, El Segundo police Officer Glenn Delmendo said Monday.

The crime left the businesses without water, Delmendo said.

The pipes, which Delmendo said are worth an estimated $1,300 each, were cut about 2 inches from where they enter the ground, and pulled out.

“It’s a pretty big piping contraption,” Delmendo said of the 3- foot-long pipes and brass fittings that were stolen.

Police don’t have any suspects, and the investigation is continuing.

Copper theft has been on the rise recently, with pilferers taking everything from wiring to headstones to make a quick buck.

However, a news service reported late last week that the price of copper, currently at just over $3 a pound, is dropping. The article blames the failing economy and a drop in home building for the projected price decline.

denise.nix@dailybreeze.com

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