The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is saying that they have seen a sudden increase in property crimes resulting in large monetary losses over the past week.
Deputies said the first theft was reported as a residential burglary on Fri., Jul. 19. In that case, a large safe was reported stolen from a vacant residence in the 600-block of Shasta Park Road.
The safe reportedly contained numerous firearms, antiques, silver coins, jewelry, and gold. The contents were valued by the victim to be worth approximately $300,000. DNA evidence was located and collected at the scene.
Then, on Monday and Tuesday, deputies said that AT&T of California reported the theft of several hundred feet of telephone cable. in the area of Cascade Blvd. and Fell St.
The deputies said AT&T workers told them that unknown suspects had cut and stolen the wire two nights in a row. The wire was valued at approximately $20,000. A witness reported seeing a white mid 90’s Chevy or Ford full size, step-side, pick in the area during the theft.
On Tuesday, Shasta Lake School officials reported an overnight theft of 33 iPads from a classroom, worth about $20,000.
At this time, deputies say there is no evidence to indicate the thefts are related, other than the wire thefts.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to please call 245-6025. Rewards through Secret Witness of Shasta county are pending.