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Thieves show some brass as they steal sprinkler parts in Redlands

July 27, 2011 |  8:30 am

A view of Redlands from Prospect Park

Redlands residents beware: Thieves may be lurking around lawns at night, looking to nab brass sprinkler parts.

Since May, police say, dozens of residents have had their brass heads and other sprinkler parts stolen.

There have been at least 20 documented thefts, with many more believed to have gone unreported, authorities say.

Investigators have alerted local recyclers, where metal thieves may go to turn their brass into cash, and are urging residents in the area to call 911 if they notice any suspicious lawn-lurkers.

“Landscapers rarely work at night, so anyone other than a resident working in the yard after dark is a likely suspect,” Redlands Police Lt. Travis Martinez said in a statement.


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Photo: A view of Redlands from Prospect Park in 2006. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times