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Copper thieves leave residents without water

January 10, 2012 |  8:08 am

Residents in an apartment complex in Sacramento spent a day without water after copper thieves stole pipes.

The stolen piping was hooked up to the Taylor Terraces water and heat supply, both of which were out. Residents had to skip morning showers and used bottled water for personal hygiene.

"This is horrible. We have old people and young people who need that water, we all need to use the toilet," said Eliza, a resident.

The water supply was not turned off after the pipe was removed, flooding nearby sidewalks.

Management said it will cost about $800 to replace the pipes, and that the street value of the stolen copper was only a few dollars.

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--Eric Rucker, Fox 40 Sacramento

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