Three major thefts happened in less than a week in the City of Shasta Lake; while they do not appear to be related, deputies are warning people to be careful.
With a total monetary loss of $340,000.00, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is on high-alert, investigating all leads into the thefts.
“Citizens need to be vigilant and lock valuables,” said Shasta County Sheriff Sgt. John Greene.
Sgt. Greene said that in his 23 year career he has seen it all. However, this spike in thefts is more significant and a sign of the times.
“During an economic downturn we see more thefts,” said Sgt. Greene.
Last Friday, a safe was stolen from a home in the 600 block of Shasta Park Road. The safe contained numerous firearms, antiques, silver, jewelry and gold. The contents were valued at more than $300,000.00. Deputies found DNA evidence on the scene.
On Monday and Tuesday, thieves took several hundred feet of copper wire cable. It happened in the area of Cascade Boulevard and Fell Street. AT&T workers told deputies the wire was worth more than $20,000.00. Deputies say a witness saw a white mid 90’s Chevy or Ford full size pick-up in the area during the night of the reported theft.
Also on Tuesday, 33 IPads were taken from a Shasta Lake School classroom. The thieves smashed in the window of the classroom and took the IPads valued at more than $20,000.00. DNA evidence was collected at the scene.
All three thefts happened overnight, but do not appear to be connected. However, Sgt. Greene says they are all a result of desperation.
“People need to get money and if jobs are not around they will fall to stealing,” said Sgt. Greene.
If you know anything regarding these thefts, you are asked to call the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at 245-6025.