Man Accused Of Stealing Copper From Victorville Church’s A/C Units

Neighboring Kern County someone keeps thieving the copper wiring from the phone company and screwing up everyone who still has land lines. Along major hwys and streets and in broad daylight. They know how long for a sheriffs response and they get away somehow.

CBS Los Angeles

VICTORVILLE ( — Members of a Victorville church had to endure another Sunday in the sweltering heat after their air conditioning units were dismantled by a suspected copper thief.

The suspected thief, identified as a 55-year-old Joe Hubbard, was arrested Thursday at the Burning Bush Baptist Church on Seventh Street after a churchgoer with a permit to carry a weapon apprehended him at gunpoint.

Deputies were called to the scene and arrested Hubbard, who was subsequently booked on suspicion of burglary.

The churchgoer was part of a patrol that had been established after the church realized that a theft had occurred.

The discovery of the thefts was made days earlier on Aug. 24, after the church noticed that the units weren’t working.

The next day, someone came to look at the units and saw that three had been dismantled and the copper wiring from inside removed.

On Aug. 28, the…

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